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March 11, 1911

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE AUTOPSY AND OTHER PATHOLOGIC-ANATOMIC EXAMINATIONS

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Professor of Pathology, University of Strasburg STRASBURG, GERMANY

JAMA. 1911;LVI(10):729-731. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560100021007
Abstract

In 1761 Giovanni Battista Morgagni (1682-1771, Professor of Anatomy in Padua) published his famous work: "De Sedibus et Causis Morborum per Anatomen Indagatis," and thereby became the real founder of human pathology. He attempted to give a very complete picture of morbid processes by carefully comparing the clinical aspects of disease with the anatomic findings in a large number of cases. In the title of his work Morgagni summed up the chief problems of pathologic anatomy and in recognition of this fact Rokitansky (1844-1875 professor of pathology in Vienna) used the title in the following somewhat modified form, for the inscription on the pathologic-anatomic institute in Vienna: "Sedibus et Causis Morborum per Anatomen Indagandis."

As the sphere of pathologic anatomy has broadened since it became an independent science seeking to solve its own problems, not only by the examination of the cadaver, but also in other ways, for instance, by

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