What is the difference between a medical examiner and a coroner?
Answered by Discovery Fit & Health
  • Discovery Fit & Health

    Discovery Fit & Health

  1. 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.

    More answers from Discovery Fit & Health »

Still Curious?
  • Are there any guidelines for the treatment of chimps testing?

    Answered by Curiosity

  • What is an autopsy?

    Answered by Discovery Channel

  • How long does an autopsy take to complete?

    Answered by Discovery Fit & Health


What are you curious about?

Image Gallery