Published Online: 1 January 1977
Page Count: 5
Deputy medical examiner, Dade County, Fla.
(Received 16 March 1976; accepted 9 June 1976)
From its inception in March 1956 until 1 Feb. 1974, the Dade County Medical Examiner's Office by statute  was charged with the medical investigation of all sex crimes, including rape, sodomy, and “any criminal sex offenses.” A system set up for this purpose, although slightly disorganized, became operational and appeared to function fairly well. The medical examiner's office performed three functions: managing a telephone answering and calling service for the various doctors on the panel, acting as a fiscal agent for the doctors in submitting their monthly bills to the proper county office, and serving as a central repository for the official reports. Office personnel, although regarding the unit as contrary to the usual functions of medicolegal death investigations, fulfilled their responsibilities.
Paper ID: JFS10394J