Volume 20, Issue 1 (January 1975)
Public Death: A Basic Philosophical Concept of Forensic Pathology and Medicine
Following the establishment of the egalitarian democratizing political documents, such as Magna Carta, the Constitution of the United States, and the Declaration of Independence (which referred to a right to life), there has developed a rather basic division of human affairs and activities into those which are public and those which are private. Currently, this public-private interface of activity is under inspection, both in regards to the computer compilation of personal data, that is, a national death index , and in regards to the personal-private nature of police investigations . These thoughts are directed toward the public-private hiatus present in the work of the medical examiner or coroner.