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It is a generally conceded fact that the undergraduate medical student cannot hope to get more than a meager understanding in the correlation between clinical observations and the associated pathologic states. The time given to this study is too short, and only a few schools have sufficient material, autopsies, essential for this understanding. Furthermore, the schools have not sufficiently emphasized the value of the autopsy as a means for understanding disease. Nor has the medical profession in general given the proper consideration to the study of postmortem observations as a means for improving their knowledge.
It seems strange that it is necessary to point out to the medical profession the great value of the autopsy. One would think this so clear that it would not be necessary to mention it. Yet this is not the case, as is surely attested by the fact that there are so few autopsies. Without
SMITH FC. THE AUTOPSY IN PRIVATE PRACTICE. JAMA. 1927;89(8):575–576. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690080007003