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Death of the teaching autopsy: Autopsy is a success story in Cuba

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 15 January 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:166
  1. Alfredo Espinosa-Brito (, professor,
  2. Julian Viera-Yaniz, professor,
  3. Osmel Chavez-Troya, doctor,
  4. Raul Nieto-Cabrera, doctor
  1. department of internal medicine
  2. department of pathology
  3. department of internal medicine
  4. department of internal medicine, Hospital Dr Gustavo Aldereguia Lima, Ave 5 de Septiembre and Calle 51A, Cienfuegos, 55 100, Cuba

    EDITOR—Advances in sophisticated antemortem diagnostic methods may have reduced the value of autopsy.1 The percentage of deaths without clinical-pathological concordance has not decreased despite modern diagnostic technologies.2 Indeed, in certain cases these new methods have misled the diagnosis, partly because of doctors' excessive confidence in them.

    Ours is the main provincial hospital for adult patients with …

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