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Book and Media Reviews
June 10, 2009

Autopsy Pathology: A Manual and Atlas

JAMA. 2009;301(22):2391. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.823

I like to ask this question, and you might find it helpful also. ‘How do you assess the quality of care given to your sickest patients, the ones who die?’ Unless the ‘A’ word (autopsy) comes out right away, they flunk.—George D. Lundberg1

There are those to whom the contributions of an efficient autopsy service to the overall standard of health care are unquestionable. To many, the postmortem observation lends itself to scientific discovery, stimulates clinical research, maintains public as well as family health, and contributes to jurisprudence, medical education, and pathology training. To these sanguine souls, the relentless and seemingly inexorable decline in autopsy rates is inexcusable.

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