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June 14, 1965

On Autopsies: Some Responses

JAMA. 1965;192(11):1015. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080240085037

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Abstract

The recent editorial on autopsies (JAMA191:1078 [March 29] 1965) led to several comments from our readers. Only excerpts are possible here:

... it is obvious that the good doctor had missed almost completely the point of the autopsy. He speaks of "the advancement of medical frontiers," as if that were the main purpose.... He has apparently forgotten that an autopsy properly performed and properly used is very near the top as a teaching procedure.

Gorton Ritchie, MD Milwaukee

I read with consternation the editorial on autopsies.... I believe your editorial is a disservice to medicine generally, and something of an insult to our pathologists in whom we have a faith borne of proven experience with their contributions.

Samuel Standard, MD New York

I wish to thank the author for his excellent editorial, "Of Autopsies." I am sure that no pathologist would take exception to these comments, and all will

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