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January 2, 1886

Post-Mortem Examinations, with Especial Reference to Medico-Legal Practice.

JAMA. 1886;VI(1):27. doi:10.1001/jama.1886.04250010035012

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This small book, as is to be expected from the name of its author, is worthy of careful study. The first portion describes somewhat the history of the methods of making post-mortem examinations as it has been adopted by Virchow. When he became Prætor at the Charité he found that the autopsies were made without method and by many persons who were incompetent. He defined a method, which since then he has improved, and instituted a thorough system in the making of all examinations. Too much cannot be said in this country upon this subject of pursuing a system in the making of autopsies. Few physicians have had instruction in the subject, and when they attempt an autopsy they make bungling work of it. If they knew how, many more private autopsies would be made, for it need not be an unpleasant task, and it need not take long. In

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