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March 22, 1924

NECROPSY PERCENTAGE IN RELATION TO HOSPITAL EFFICIENCY

JAMA. 1924;82(12):949-951. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02650380017005
Abstract

"Necropsy percentage" means the percentage of deaths in which a necropsy is made, and "hospital efficiency" means the efficiency with which a hospital carries on its primary functions; namely, caring for patients and promoting the growth and diffusion as well as the use of medical knowledge. Obviously, the significance of necropsy percentage in relation to efficiency will depend on the actual value the necropsy has today.

INFLUENCE OF NECROPSY ON MEDICAL PROGRESS  The value to medical progress of the necropsy stands forth clearly in medical history. By substituting observation for speculation, it was a potent means in driving dogma and fantasy out of medicine. In bringing to light the relation of structural changes to the clinical phenomena, it increased vastly the knowledge and understanding of disease, aided directly in the identification of diseases, and constituted the basis of physical diagnosis. It was the forerunner of the science of morbid anatomy,

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