Death of the teaching autopsy: Autopsy findings are important to all clinicians, including general practitioners

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7432.165 (Published 15 January 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:165
  1. Brian S Hurwitz (brian.hurwitz@kcl.ac.uk), professor of medicine and the arts,
  2. Berry Beaumont, principal general practitioner
  1. King's College Strand, London WC2R 2LS
  2. 2 Mitchison Road, London N1 3NG

    EDITOR—O'Grady identifies several reasons why autopsy rates have been falling worldwide, in particular why students in New Zealand are now banned from attending autopsies, with resultant loss of undergraduate teaching opportunities.1 However, attending and watching an autopsy are not the only educationally relevant facets of autopsies: their findings are important to all clinicians, including general practitioners.

    Whitty et al found that autopsy findings (excluding coroners' reports) were …

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