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June 23, 1956


JAMA. 1956;161(8):750-751. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970080079027

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To the Editor:—  In a guest editorial, "Potential Values of the Autopsy Today" (J. A. M. A.160:1144 [March 31] 1956), Dr. Isaac Starr expressed his views on autopsies and autopsy procedures, together with some suggestions that he thought might remedy the faults he believes to exist. In the Correspondence section of May 12, six letters of reply were printed. I feel it incumbent upon me to respond to some of the points raised in these publications. In the first place, I would like to state emphatically that the quality of service given to our hospital by the pathologists in charge is excellent and, indeed, is now better than it was when done under the direct supervision of the department of academic pathology in the medical school. This is not only my own opinion; it is shared by the clinicians for whom the service is rendered. Secondly, as the

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