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French doctors miss out on postmortem examinations

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 30 August 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:501
  1. Alexander Dorzynski
  1. Paris

    The number of postmortem examinations performed in France for teaching and research has decreased dramatically since the adoption of new legislation three years ago.

    Professor Claude Got, head of anatomy and pathology at the Amboise Paré hospital in the Boulogne suburb of Paris, calls the situation ridiculous: “An entire generation of doctors is being trained without them carrying out a postmortem examination.”

    The legislation was adopted in 1994 in the wake of protests by the parents of a young boy whose eyes …

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