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March 31, 1945

Current Comment

JAMA. 1945;127(13):857. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860130117013

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NECROPSY PERFORMANCE IN INTERNSHIP HOSPITALS  Elsewhere in this issue is a report on necropsy performance in internship hospitals from 1926 to 1944. In this comparative study one may observe not only the immediate effect of the necropsy requirement established by the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals in 1928 but also the continued expansion of postmortem studies until wartime reductions in medical personnel and house staff made it difficult for some hospitals to supply the requisite amount of teaching material in pathology. The decline in necropsy performance was most pronounced in 1943, when 100 approved internship hospitals failed to meet the minimum requirement of 15 per cent. Some improvement occurred in 1944, however, when 323 hospitals had rates of 30 per cent or over and 26 attained the level of 70 per cent. These figures are encouraging, for they indicate that even under wartime conditions it is possible to maintain

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