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  • "A Case of Neglect"

    WSMV-TV (Nashville) reveals the state's board of medical examiners is understaffed, underfunded and inefficient; finds complaints against doctors went unanswered, licensing was mishandled and investigations dragged on for years, November 1988.
  • Medical Examiner May Have Conflict

    Bradenton Herald tells how Florida's medical examiners were able to steer state and local taxes toward their own businesses without competitive bidding; also shows how their examination practices are rarely reviewed despite reports of botched autopsies.
  • Inquest: Examining New York's Confused State of Death Investigation

    Post-Standard (Syracuse, N.Y.) series examines the state's system of coroners and medical examiners; finds antiquated laws, improperly trained personnel and conflicts of interests because many coroners are funeral directors, Feb. 11-13, 1987.
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    Houston City Magazine tells the story of Paul Gibson, a professional football quarterback who slid into a career as a drug pusher; reporter disputes medical examiner's conclusion that Gibson died of a heart attack, suggesting rival pushers murdered him, April 1986.
  • Murder by Natural Causes

    WDIV-TV (Detroit) investigates the Oakland County Medical Examiner following a puzzling autopsy report by the examiner, 1981.
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    WCCO-TV (Minneapolis) reports on sexual abuse of young psychiatric patients by doctors at a private hospital and the failure of the Minnesota Board of Medical Examiners to properly police doctors, October - December 1984.
  • Deadly Mistakes

    KPRC-TV (Houston) details numerous cases of anesthesia mistakes that killed or severely injured patients in Houston hospitals. An investigation found that mistakes are often covered up by altering medical records.
  • Dead wrong

    Courier-Journal series documents the sorry state of Kentucky's coroner system. A computer-assisted analysis found that coroners assigned heart disease or heart attack as the cause of death 53 percent of the time despite the 39 percent heart-death average for the state. The series also found that the Department of Human Resources had underfinanced the state's medical examiner program for years. Reform bills were drafted as a result of the investigation.
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    Hot Springs (Ark.) Sentinel-Record takes an in-depth look at the failures of the State Medical Examiner's office. The investigation found that the internal organs of the examined were routinely incinerated, without notifying the relatives of the deceased and eliminating any possibility for further examination if the bodies were later exhumed. Non-medical examiners performed the autopsies and the office often failed to detect murders.
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    Springfield (Mo.) News & Leader finds the county medical examiner is reluctant to order autopsies, many of which would have aided murder investigations.