Don’t Need Degrees To Determine Death read a GPB headline on Feb. 2. If you are anything like me, you’ll be shocked to find that this statement is true. I try to regulate my TV consumption, but Bones happens to be one of my favorite TV shows to watch. After many years of following this hit show, the world of forensic anthropology and coronary has been glamorized. I envision white lab coats clicking their expensive shoes on the cold floors of thermal-regulated environment of high-tech labs. This picture would not be complete with a long array of framed licenses, degrees, and other certifications to prove their intelligence along the laboratory walls.
In truth, coroners don’t have to be medical doctors. This shouldn’t be a fact, but it is. In a field where what you do can determine the life sentence of another person to jail for a crime, I would hope that there should be more education involved than a politician smile that cheap phentermine adipex wins you ballots on voting day. That is right; coroners are elected officials like your mayor and president. Why wouldn’t you expect a medical degree or trained forensic pathologists to assume this important role, as you would expect a degree-touting individual with experience to assume the role of mayor or president?
There is a difference between medical examiners and coroners, but I am not sure. It would appear to me that both are tasked in determining a corpse’s death. With the Innocence Project and law students taking on the important task of overturning wrong rulings based on medical evidence, there is some hope that wrongful convictions will be rectified. However, if all our coroners were medical doctors trained in death investigation, the number of incorrect medical evidence submitted to court would be greatly reduced.
Disclaimer: This is just my opinion on this matter, but I hope you read the GPB article for the facts and study results done by NPR, PBS Frontline and ProPublica.