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May 12, 1956


Author Affiliations

Consulting Pathologist to The Mount Sinai Hospital New York 29.

JAMA. 1956;161(2):175-176. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970020055019

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To the Editor:—  I read with great interest the guest editorial "Potential Values of the Autopsy Today," as published in the March 31 issue of The Journal, and was very much disturbed by its tenor. Dr. Starr maintains that the decline of interest in the autopsy, which he has experienced in his own institution, seems "typical of what is taking place throughout the United States." I for one have not noticed this decline, and from my contacts with my colleagues in pathology as well as with many clinical conferees I have the impression that there still is a wholesome respect for the value of the autopsy for the advancement of medicine. It has not "become harder and harder for me to find young men interested in performing the routine autopsies." During the 28 years while I was in charge of the department of pathology at the Mount Sinai Hospital in

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