Obtaining permission for an autopsy: Its importance for patients and physicians

James R. Webster*, Daniel Derman, Jeffrey Kopin, Jeffrey Glassroth, Roy Patterson

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This paper reviews the importance, benefits, and methods of increasing autopsy percentages. Its focus is on specific procedures for obtaining autopsy consent, particularly in terms of addressing the problems that most often interfere with obtaining permission for postmortem examination. Techniques for handling various misconceptions about autopsies are discussed. These guides for postmortem-related discussions with families will lead to improvement in overall physician performance and satisfaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)325-326
Number of pages2
JournalThe American journal of medicine
Issue number3 C
StatePublished - 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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