Death of the teaching autopsy: Advances in technology have not reduced the value of the autopsy

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7432.165-b (Published 15 January 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:165
  1. Gema Frühbeck (gfruhbeck@unav.es), clinical scientist
  1. Department of Endocrinology, Medical School, University of Navarra, 31008 Pamplona, Spain

    EDITOR—One of the proposed reasons for the death of the autopsy described by O'Grady is an increased confidence in new diagnostic tools, particularly modern imaging techniques.1 2 Surprisingly, the rate of misdiagnoses detected at autopsy (about 40%) did not improve from 1960-70, before the advent of computed tomography, ultrasound, nuclear scanning, etc, to 1980, after …

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