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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/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-281-23-jac90005

To the Editor: The point by Dr Burton and colleagues1 about autopsies is pertinent yet obviously not universally appreciated. Families of patients with third-party payers are billed for autopsies but if patients are indigent, no monetary resources exist for autopsies to be performed. These factors further thwart education afforded via autopsy information.

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