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To the Editor:—
I was rather startled to read the obituary of the field of pathology by Dr. Starr in The Journal, March 31. Being a member of the allegedly vanishing species, up to the moment of reading of my demise, it had not occurred to me that I was dead. As a pathologist, reared in the morphological school, may I claim that the autopsy room is not the morgue but the center and inspiration of constantly expanding research activities. The modern morphologist infuses functionalism into the wonderful morphological base of the past. The autopsy room is the source of his problems in histochemistry, physiological pathology, and correlative medicine. I am amazed that any pathologist or teacher of pathology would want to separate himself from the source of his material and problems. The field of morphological pathology is far from being dead; it is being reborn in a greatly expanding
Lev M. THE AUTOPSY. JAMA. 1956;161(2):177. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970020055023
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