"How murderers beat the law," from The Saturday Evening Post, December 10, 1949. Page 032-033.

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Title

"How murderers beat the law," from The Saturday Evening Post, December 10, 1949. Page 032-033.

Subject

Harvard Medical School. Department of Legal Medicine.
Medical jurisprudence.
Lee, Frances Glessner, 1878-1962.
Ford, Richard, 1915-1970.
Moritz, Alan Richards, 1899-
Coroners.

Description

Published in the period following the resignation of Alan R. Moritz's and the appointment of Richard Ford, this article from The Saturday Evening Post criticizes the coroner system and promotes the importance of the medical-legal research work at Harvard and the police seminars of Mrs. Lee:
Because the coroner of one county had taken a Harvard six-day course on the handling of disasters involving dead bodies in great numbers, he was able to cope with a major disaster that happened in his county ten days later. A little more than a week after his return home, an explosion of gas burned out many blocks in his city. Scores of people were killed. But even in the short space of time since his return, he had put into effect some of the ideas that had been recommended to him at Harvard. Places for the laying out of large numbers of bodies had been decided upon. Tags giving all available information about such bodies when there were picked up were ready to attach to them. Arrangements had been made for trucks to supplement the regular ambulances.

Abstract

A description of the work of the Department of Legal Medicine and criticism of the coroner system.

Creator

Martin, Pete.

Source

Harvard Medical School Archives.

Date Created

1949-12-10.

Format

text

Extent

2 printed pages.

Language

English

Type

text

Identifier

AC 1949.53.

Provenance

From the Archives of Harvard Medical School.

Files

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Citation

Martin, Pete., “"How murderers beat the law," from The Saturday Evening Post, December 10, 1949. Page 032-033.,” OnView, accessed July 20, 2024, https://collections.countway.harvard.edu/onview/items/show/17803.