[Values of the autopsy in the university hospitals illustrated by the casuistry].

Service d'anatomie et cytologie pathologiques, hôpital Bellevue, CHU de Saint-Etienne, 42055 Saint-Etienne cedex 2, France.
La Revue de Médecine Interne (Impact Factor: 1.07). 03/2008; 29(2):94-9.
Source: PubMed


Clinical autopsy rate have been declining since the 1950s, but it remains a useful investigation tool.
Through six examples of our experience, we underline its interest for clinical, didactic and public health purposes.
We try to understand the reasons for its decline and, as demonstrated, it can be attributed to a number of factors. These need to be addressed in order to reassert the status of the autopsy as an investigation and audit tool which is crucial to the future effectiveness of modern medicine.

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