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A medical examiner is a doctor who performs autopsies. In most states, it is required that an appointed forensic pathologist perform autopsies. These states use a medical examiner system, but some counties use a coroner's system instead. Although many coroners are doctors or qualified pathologists, many are just elected to the office of coroner. The coroner role involves pronouncement of death, identification of the body, signing of the death certificate, notifying the next of kin, and collecting and returning personal belongings to the deceased's family. Originally, the term coroner was derived from the word "crowner." In medieval times, the crowner was someone who worked on behalf of the king and would collect any valuables upon a subject's death.
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