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January 6, 1940

Post-Mortem Appearances

JAMA. 1940;114(1):85. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810010087039

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The fourth edition of this book forms a useful compendium of information difficult to obtain from any other single source. The general practitioner occasionally called on to perform his own necropsies will receive much information to aid his task.

Gross changes are described in deaths from all causes and are conveniently grouped under ten headings, including the main systems, infections and death from causes other than disease. The new chapter on examination of stillbirths and neonatal deaths deserves favorable comment.

The description of procedure in postmortem examinations offers a primary incision from the symphysis menti to the symphysis pubis, which, for cosmetic reasons, is less desirable than the pectoral V incision practiced in this country.

The appendix contains a useful group of tables including organ weights, fetus weights and lengths, fetal age, ossification centers and tooth eruption. Students, interns and residents will find this a small, handy book for quick

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