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May 26, 1956

EFFECTIVE USE OF AUTOPSY IN MEDICAL EDUCATIONITS ROLE IN CORRELATION AND INTEGRATION

JAMA. 1956;161(4):303-309. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970040001001
Abstract

• The autopsy can be a crucial point of departure for the integration of knowledge in the clinical fields and the basic sciences. Contact with the autopsy can come early in medical education and can remain effective throughout the career of the student and the physician.

The autopsy can do more than just test the accuracy of diagnoses and the effectiveness of treatment in its modern setting of meticulous study by all basic science techniques, with appropriate dynamic interpretation of sequential pathogenesis. Thus, the autopsy becomes the grand human experiment available to all departments for application of their fields of study. It can correlate teaching and research without complex changes in the curriculum, without administrative difficulties, without additional cost, and without interfering with other simultaneous experiments in medical education.

The autopsy should be restored to its historic place in medical education as an invaluable source for program, conference, and research and teaching material, making the autopsy service a unifying force in the medical school.

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