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December 3, 1973

Autopsy Pathology Procedure and Protocol

Author Affiliations

Office of the Medical Examiner Rochester, NY

JAMA. 1973;226(10):1240. doi:10.1001/jama.1973.03230100058036

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Virchow's little book on autopsy technique, probably the first of its kind, was printed just about a hundred years ago. Since then, most similar books have added little to the subject except some pictures and diagrams. Indeed, Virchow's presentation contains more about the reasons for the methods and is more charmingly written than most of the current books.

This book by Weber, Fazzini, and Reagan adds very little to what is in the manuals that have been in use for years. It is not as good as some. Many of the photographs are full of hands and instruments and would be better replaced by diagrams. Whole pages are devoted to reproductions of death certificates and protocol forms. Seventeen pages, at today's inflated publisher's prices, are devoted to reproduction of line drawings of body parts where, at most, one would serve as an example of forms that are easily obtained from