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What is a medical examiner?

A medical examiner is a doctor who investigates sudden or unexpected deaths to determine how the person died and what may have caused their death. They may work for a medical examiner's or coroner's office, and they may either be a forensic pathologist or work with one. In the US, laws that govern medical examiners and their work, as well as exact qualifications and training requirements, are decided state by state.

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