Excerpt from Transactions of the Massachusetts Medico-Legal Society, 1913, Vol. 4
The meeting was called to order by the President, Dr. Twitchell.
The first business was the reading of the minutes of the previous meeting by the secretary, Dr. Howe, and approved by the society.
The name of Dr. E. A. Bates Of Springfield was presented for associate membership and reported upon favorably by the nominating committee. He was checked an associate member.
Dr. Thomas M. Durell of Somerville gave an informal talk on The Value of the View.
Dr. Thomas M. Durell: I think if I had been a little more atten tive in the past I should not have put together the few thoughts that I have here because it was along the line of thought that was sug gested at the last meeting as to the advisability of changing the system of paying the medical examiner. However, there may be some points that may be of interest.
Your secretary told me that I might give a little informal talk.
Theoretically the view of the person supposed to have come to his death by violence is of the utmost importance, and we can imagine a medical examiner going to view the body with Sherlock Holmes perspicuity and seeing all kinds of things and reporting all kinds of things, but as a matter of fact the view of the body, as far as I have seen it, does not furnish a great amount of evidence. For one thing, the body has almost invariably been moved before we see it, and perhaps very properly so, otherwise amusing mistakes might take place, like the following.
Last spring, in the absence of Dr. Swan, I was hurriedly summoned in my office hours to come to Cambridge as a man had been found dead in a closet in a photographer's establishment. I got there as quickly as I could and, as I went up the stairs into the building, a burly policeman met me and said, Sor, the body has gone. I went up, looked in the closet, and there was nothing there.
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