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Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd. 2001 Sep 15;145(37):1810-4.

[Unclear roles of district medical examiner and the attending physician in cases of natural and unnatural deaths in the Netherlands].

[Article in Dutch]

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  • 1Gemeentelijke Geneeskundige en Gezondheidsdienst, afd. Algemene Gezondheidszorg, Postbus 2200, 1000 CE Amsterdam.

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  • Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd 2001 Nov 17;145(46):2256.


The role of the attending physician and the district medical examiner in the case of a natural or unnatural death is subject to a number of legal regulations. The different parts of a postmortem examination, the conditions for the issue of a death certificate, the term 'attending physician', and the position and duties of the district medical examiner are not, however, unequivocally specified in Dutch law. This gives rise to frequent misunderstandings.

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