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May 1921


Author Affiliations

Pathologist to the Miller Hospital ST. PAUL
From the Department of Pathology, University of Minnesota.

Am J Dis Child. 1921;21(5):488-499. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1921.01910350075010

Postmortem examinations and the correlation of the findings with clinical phenomena have played a most important rôle in the progress and development of medical science. But only too often the interest in necropsies does not include those performed on new-born infants; instead, deaths in infancy occupy a place similar to the tonsil or appendix in the tissue laboratory, i. e., not examined except under some very important or unusual conditions.

In a previous report1 I published a survey of routine necropsies performed on new-born infants dying at the University Hospital over a period of three years—a series of thirty-six—in which survey special attention was devoted to the incidence of cerebral hemorrhage. So much interest has been aroused concerning other causes of death that another and more general study from that point of view has seemed advisable. Consequently, a survey of the results obtained in the postmortem examination of infants

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