Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:

Education And Debate

Death of the teaching autopsy

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 02 October 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:802

Rapid Response:

Autopsy and Dissection.

The Editor, BMJ.

Dear Sir,

I know how much I have learnt, first in the dissecting room when I
was a student, and then in the autopsy room during my professional life.
This has helped me greatly to help my patients and that is what all
doctors wish to do.

I personally value greatly the idea that after my death my body, no
longer any use to me, will be dissected by a future generation of medical
students. But if by chance it is not suitable for dissection I would like
it to be used in the autopsy room to demonstrate the pathology that caused
my death.

I commend this view not only to my professional colleagues but also
to the public - and perhaps especially to journalists who influence the
public, so often inappropriately, on this subject.

I am

Yours sincerely

O.L.Wade MD, FRCP. Qualified 1944.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

21 October 2003
Prof.Owen L. Wade
Stratford on Avon CV37 6DN