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June 28, 1995

Public Attitudes Toward Autopsy, Organ Donation, and Dissection

Author Affiliations

Clinical Hospital Split Split, Croatia

JAMA. 1995;273(24):1907. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03520480025030

To the Editor.  —The Swedish survey comparing public attitudes toward autopsy, organ donation, and anatomical dissection1 showed that 80% or more of the sample would accept autopsy of themselves or of close relatives and that more than 60% were willing to donate their own organs.We have recently completed a similar survey (using written questionnaires) in Split, which is the academic and hospital center of southern Croatia and a town of about 300 000 inhabitants in Dalmatia on the Adriatic Coast. Since our data were not quite similar to those seen in Northern Europe, we report the main results in Table 1.While younger Swedish people (younger than 29 years) are more likely to agree to organ donation and to autopsy than those older than 60 years, 48% of younger Croatians were uncertain about the issue and 53% of the older people polled responded that they could not make

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