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January 9, 1904

Postmortem Pathology. A Manual of Postmortem Examinations and the Interpretations to Be Drawn Therefrom. A Practical Treatise for Students and Practitioners.

JAMA. 1904;XLII(2):111. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02490470039016

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This is a unique book. Its title is altogether too modest, for in its 372 pages we are also given elaborate enumerations of etiologic factors, discussion of treatment of wounds sustained in autopsies, directions for autopsies on animals, medicolegal suggestions including the Prussian regulations for the performance of autopsies in medicolegal cases, and finally a chapter entitled: "Usual causes of death; their nomenclature, complications and synonyms." The book is well and profusely illustrated and contains much useful information. The directions for postmortem technic are clear and complete. Unfortunately, this can not be said of the discussions of the pathologic findings. Classifications and tabulations are everywhere indulged in, but they are often confusing and misleading. Unessentials are frequently dwelt on at length, while essentials are barely mentioned or altogether omitted. For instance, infarcts of the kidney are classified as follows (p. 146): (a) calcareous, (b) uric acid, (c) hemoglobin, (d) bilirubin,

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