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August 7, 1937

Autopsy Diagnosis and Technique: A Manual for Medical Students, Practitioners, Pathologists and Coroners' Physicians

JAMA. 1937;109(6):459. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780320061038

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Modern medicine has grown largely on the basis of knowledge acquired in postmortem work. The student in the medical school sees postmortem examinations made by competent pathologists, but only a few learn the actual technic of the necropsy. When the physician goes into practice, however, he may actually be called on to make a postmortem examination. In any event, it may be necessary for him to comment expertly on the results of such examinations. At various times, articles have appeared in periodical medical literature describing the technic of the postmortem examination, notably one by E. R. Lecount in The Journal some years ago. In this manual the technic is modified from that of Rokitansky. The outline is presented as a guide to the method of making the examination and of interpreting the gross appearances observed at that time. The book is well written, is profusely illustrated, and is supplemented by

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