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To See for One’s Self

The art of autopsy has a long history and an uncertain future

Darin L. Wolfe

2010-05WolfeF1.jpgClick to Enlarge ImageDarin L. Wolfe, who is board certified in both anatomic and clinical pathology, introduces the reader to the current art and science of autopsy, taking special note of the troubling decline in its frequency, with its associated costs in terms of scientific and educational opportunities lost. To orient readers, he reviews the history of autopsy discusses the leading techniques, and looks to the future at upcoming “minimally invasive” procedures such as biopsy-autopsy, MRI autopsy and virtopsies. He colors the article with observations from his own career, and from the careers of the leaders in the field. Readers will learn that advanced technology has not replaced the senses and experience of the pathologist.


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