Help Identifying Two Passenger Cars

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The Medical Examiners Car was used to travel around the system giving physicals and eye exams and such to employees.
Roger HuberDeer Creek Locomotive Works 

    On Tuesday, September 1, 2020, 10:56:49 PM CDT, NW Mailing List via NW-Mailing-List <nw-mailing-list at> wrote:  
 I'm attaching a photo of three N&W passenger cars that is up for bids on E-bay.  I could use some help identifying the purpose of one of the cars.
Moving from left to right, the car on the far left appears to be one of the three S-2 "County Cars."  But the name cannot be seen clearly.
The middle car is numbered 1203 and looks to be a former Wabash baggage/mail car.  According to the roster it was formally Wabash #453 and was repainted to N&W at Decatur on 3/9/65.
The heavyweight car with the clerestory roof on the far right is a mystery to me.  It appears to be numbered 403 and the partial lettering stenciled on the side reads "MEDICA...."
According to the roster, car #403 was classed XO and was "Medical Examiners Car" that was built from Pg Coach #1602 in 1957.
My question is, what in the world is a Medical Examiners Car and what was its purpose on the railroad.
Bill KingArlington, Virginia________________________________________
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