Death of the teaching autopsy: Hospital and coroners' postmortem examinations are different, not least in payment

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7432.165-a (Published 15 January 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:165
  1. John C Alcolado (colado@btinternet.com), senior lecturer in medicine
  1. University of Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff CF14 4XN

    EDITOR—Like Underwood, I, too, lament the demise of the postmortem examination.1 He points out that 90% of postmortem examinations in British hospitals are now coroners' cases. However, neither he nor O'Grady mentions that a significant financial incentive exists for many pathologists to perform …

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