The recent decision of the American Medical Association, in its program for the improvement of medical education and hospital service, to require a certain percentage of autopsies of recognized hospitals,1 is sound and far reaching in effect. Official recognition that the performance of autopsies "is an index of the general professional standard of the hospital's progressive educational activities" is an action of great importance and significance.
During the several years in which I have been a teacher of pathology I have been under the growing conviction of the absolute value of the necropsy as a teaching asset of the first order, until I have come to the point of belief in the necropsy service as having greater potential teaching value than any one other course or service in the medical curriculum. In a recent survey of the history of autopsies and the part which they have played in the
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