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Death of the teaching autopsy: Histopathologists should not obtain consent for autopsy

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7432.166-b (Published 15 January 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:166
  1. Simon Rose (simon.rose@ruh-bath.swest.nhs.uk), consultant histopathologist
  1. Department of Cellular Pathology, Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust, Bath BA1 3NG

    EDITOR—McDermott accepts that he is in conflict with his professional bodies when he champions the idea of consultant histopathologists being responsible for obtaining consent for autopsy.1

    He describes a series of pre-autopsy meetings. These “often difficult negotiations” with families covered a high proportion of the 83 autopsies he performed in the 32 months under study. They usually included …

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