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May 12, 1956


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Samaritan Hospital Troy, N. Y.

JAMA. 1956;161(2):175. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970020055018

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To the Editor:—  The guest editorial entitled "Potential Values of the Autopsy Today" (J. A. M. A.160:1144 [March 31] 1956) deserves an immediate reply for the defense of the autopsy system. Some may consider this to be a static procedure that should be eliminated from our educational program, but, as a pathologist, I am thoroughly convinced that the postmortem examination is not at the dead-end street, even though it does take place in the morgue. There is always a tremendous wealth of data to be culled from these autopsies, if they are carefully performed and supervised by an experienced and interested pathologist. If they prove to be a chore to some departments of pathology, this usually denotes the need of enlarging the staff. However, there are more fundamental reasons than this to account for the present predicament of pathology. Certainly the remedies suggested by the editorial would be

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