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July 13, 1963

Autopsy pathology; a guide for pathologists and clinicians

JAMA. 1963;185(2):149. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03060020109053

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There was once a choleric pathologist who classified textbooks according to whether they were best employed as head rests, section boards, or as peritoneal refill. Fellow pathologists, however, will feel strongly sympathetic towards Rezek and Millard's book which espouses the cause of better autopsies so ardently and convincingly. The authors are indeed excellent pathologists of wide experience. What is more, their enthusiasm for their specialty shines clearly forth on almost every page. Someone else's textbook is said to be the textbook writer's best friend. This book, however, has an original rather than a replicated aura.

Many pathologists have toyed with the idea of spawning a manual on autopsy technique, largely because they are proud and jealous of their own skill and regard all deviationists as heretical. The techniques expounded in the present book have become standard practice, if they are not always in the William Welch tradition. The size and

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