Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor: I commend Dr
Lundberg1 for his excellent Editorial. Quite likely, the
majority of practicing physicians are unaware of the incredibly low
autopsy rates at nonteaching hospitals. What is even more disturbing is
that those who are cognizant of this deplorable fact are not concerned.
While it may not be possible to be certain of all the reasons for the
phenomenal drop in the autopsy rate, there are at least 2 factors that
we can be certain of.
Wecht CH. Autopsy Rates and Diagnosis. JAMA. 1999;281(23):2181. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-281-23-jac90005