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June 16, 1999

Autopsy Rates and Diagnosis

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1999;281(23):2181. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-281-23-jac90005

To the Editor: I commend Dr Lundberg1 for his excellent Editorial. Quite likely, the majority of practicing physicians are unaware of the incredibly low autopsy rates at nonteaching hospitals. What is even more disturbing is that those who are cognizant of this deplorable fact are not concerned. While it may not be possible to be certain of all the reasons for the phenomenal drop in the autopsy rate, there are at least 2 factors that we can be certain of.