It's back. The autopsy question, that is. It will not go away quietly.
In 1983, in a theme issue on autopsy, JAMA announced that it was "declaring
war on the nonautopsy."1 We have, in truth,
based on outcomes, lost most of the battles since then. But we have not lost
the war. Today marks a new offensive.
Autopsies have traditionally been performed to:
Lundberg GD. Low-Tech Autopsies in the Era of High-Tech MedicineContinued Value for Quality Assurance and Patient Safety. JAMA. 1998;280(14):1273-1274. doi:10.1001/jama.280.14.1273