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To the Editor:—
It is unfortunate that there was published in The Journal of March 31, page 1144, the guest editorial entitled "Potential Values of the Autopsy Today." I use the term "unfortunate" because I am convinced that the autopsy serves as useful a purpose today as it ever did and indeed hold strongly to the opinion that it contributes to the advancement of medicine in significant degree. It is also "unfortunate" in that it appeared at about the same time as an excellent article in a widely circulated lay magazine in strong support of the autopsy. The tenor of this editorial is such that the hasty reader might readily misunderstand the attitude of the author and therefore might well be indisposed to request or urge the performance of an autopsy.There are a few special items that deserve comment. The regulations in Austria were promulgated by the Empress Maria
Karsner HT. THE AUTOPSY. JAMA. 1956;161(2):176. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970020055020
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