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October 30, 1937

Post-Mortem Appearances

JAMA. 1937;109(18):1479. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780440069041

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The major portion of the book is a concise review of gross morbid anatomy, while in a few pages the author describes the technic of postmortem examinations in a rather cursory way. A relatively large section is devoted to deaths from other causes than disease. In this section the observations in instances of chemical poisoning are reported. This is helpful; even the larger textbooks frequently do not refer to medicolegal cases of this type. In general the various diseases are discussed by citation of examples. Acute rheumatism, for instance, the author discusses by describing the external appearances of the patient who died from this disease and by enumerating the abnormalities of the cardiovascular system, the respiratory system, and so on. This method has its advantages in that the student becomes familiar with the various diseases through the medium of individual case discussions; but it is difficult for the beginner to

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