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October 14, 1998

Low-Tech Autopsies in the Era of High-Tech Medicine: Continued Value for Quality Assurance and Patient Safety

JAMA. 1998;280(14):1273-1274. doi:10.1001/jama.280.14.1273

It's back. The autopsy question, that is. It will not go away quietly. In 1983, in a theme issue on autopsy, JAMA announced that it was "declaring war on the nonautopsy."1 We have, in truth, based on outcomes, lost most of the battles since then. But we have not lost the war. Today marks a new offensive.

Autopsies have traditionally been performed to:

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