Postmortem examination should always be carried out for deaths due to trauma

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7061.879b (Published 05 October 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:879
  1. Ian S D Roberts, Lecturer in pathology,
  2. Emyr W Benbow, Senior lecturer in pathology
  1. Department of Pathological Sciences, University of Manchester, Manchester M13 0PT

    EDITOR,—S J Calder and colleagues' study of the certification of the cause of death in patients who die soon after proximal femoral fracture revisits a phenomenon that has been recognised for many years.1 Death certificates and pathologists' reports to coroners are often written in ways deliberately designed to avoid an inquest,2 3 and this practice leads to underreporting of certain lesions in official mortality statistics. Such lesions include proximal femoral …

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