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June 9, 1923

THE NEED FOR POSTMORTEM EXAMINATIONS AND METHODS OF SECURING THEM

Author Affiliations

Director of Laboratories, Philadelphia General Hospital PHILADELPHIA
From the Laboratory of Postmortem Pathology of the Philadelphia General Hospital.

JAMA. 1923;80(23):1682-1683. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02640500024009
Abstract

The value of postmortem examinations, both as a means of advancing our knowledge of disease and as a necessary step in the complete study of a case, is widely recognized even in these antimorphologic days when the study of function is put at such a premium over the study of structure. What a common occurrence it is for a medical man of any hospital experience to lose the fruits of a most painstaking and alluring clinical study by the inability to secure from an ignorant or misguided relative the necessary necropsy permission, While this state of affairs is bound more or less to continue as long as the right to make such an examination depends on the volition of the next of kin, nevertheless, those sufficiently interested can do much to increase materially the number of permissions granted. The high necropsy percentages secured at the Mayo Clinic (95 per cent,

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