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The Decline of the Autopsy in Rhode Island and Nationwide: Past Trends and Future Directions

Alex Baumgartner, Douglas Anthony
Rhode Island Medical Journal 2016 October 4, 99 (10): 36-38
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The autopsy has long been a fundamental aspect of medical practice and research. However, in the last 50 years, the proportion of deaths for which an autopsy is performed has decreased dramatically. Here we examine some of the reasons for the decline of the autopsy, as well as several interventions that have been proposed to revive it. We also present autopsy utilization data from the Lifespan system, which mirrors nationwide trends. [Full article available at http://rimed.org/rimedicaljournal-2016-10.asp].

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