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June 16, 1999

Autopsy Rates and Diagnosis

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1999;281(23):2181. doi:10.1001/jama.281.23.2181

To the Editor: Autopsies could have new and important roles in monitoring quality and improvement in addition to the roles enumerated in JAMA.1,2 First, increasing proportions of Americans die outside of the hospital and most are old, multiply ill, and have had limited diagnostic interventions.3 Without autopsies, no one can know how often medical mistakes are buried.

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