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April 24, 1967

Pathologist's Opportunity To Assist in Follow-Up

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Norristown, Pa

JAMA. 1967;200(4):348. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120170120037

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To the Editor:—  The increasing mobility of Americans in the last few decades and the advance of scientific medicine with its interest in accuracy of diagnosis and longterm follow-up of patients have presented pathologists with an opportunity to be of service which should be brought to the attention of members of the entire profession. Not infrequently a patient receives a thorough work-up in one part of the country and then, because of transfer in employment, migration to a different climate, etc, he may die in a hospital far removed from the site where he was first examined. Pathologists performing autopsies in these cases have an opportunity to assist the physician in the first place of hospitalization by informing him of their findings. As is well known, in spite of the great progress in diagnosis, mistakes are still made and are discovered only at autopsy. By communicating with the first physician