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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: Dr Lundberg1 has an overly simplistic solution to a problem whose root cause he neglected or deliberately avoided. I am a solo pathologist, practicing in a 60-bed district hospital. The hospital has no morgue facility, so autopsies are performed at the local mortuary. I am the medical director of both the clinical laboratory and blood gas laboratory, but I receive no compensation for this service. My practice is financed strictly on surgical pathology.

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