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38.  New York City, Coroner's Office.  Minutes of the Coroner's Proceedings in the City and County of New York. Manuscript on paper, 1747-1758. RBML

These early reports kept by John Burnet for New York City and County document colonial attempts to establish causation of injuries related to untimely and unnatural death. They offer an invaluable insight into the history of forensic pathology in America, showing the fees and duties of the coroner as well as documenting court testimony in criminal and civil proceedings.

Gift of Mrs. Charles Blyth Van Courtlandt Martin

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