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To the Editor:
—I have been both interested and instructed by the communications of Dr. Douglas Symmers (The Journal, Sept. 20, 1919) and of Dr. Francis Carter Wood (Dec. 6, 1919) relative to the regrettable falling off in the percentage of necropsies performed in our representative hospitals. As the resident medical officer of the Philadelphia General Hospital (Blockley), this fact has caused me considerable concern.There were in our wards 3,235 deaths in 1918, 535 of this number occurring from September 23 to November 1, during the epidemic of influenza. Of this number, 6.83 per cent. were posted. During the height of the epidemic, the work in the postmortem room was at a standstill, for more pressing work demanded the attention of all. From Jan. 1, 1919, to June 30, 1919, 1,324 deaths occurred in our wards, of which 108 necropsies were performed in our hospital morgue.Early in June,
Doane JC. "DEFECTS IN THE TEACHING OF PATHOLOGY, AND THE LAY PROFESSOR". JAMA. 1919;73(26):1954. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610520044029
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