Having set forth these relatively simple definitions, I should like to make a rather bold statement that perhaps will find disagreement among some attorneys and physicians. With all due respect to the many skilled and competent men who are active in various aspects of legal medicine and medical jurisprudence, I would suggest that no one field is so intrinsically and unqualifiedly bound up in the practice of legal medicine as is the work of the medical examiner. Again reverting to definitions, the medical examiner is one who deals on a full-time professional basis with cases that in almost all instances eventually involve the application of some principles of legal medicine.
Cyril H. Wecht, Relationships of the Medical Examiner, 14 Clev.-Marshall L. Rev. 427 (1965)