What Autopsies Can Teach

March 9, 2015 10:39 PM

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What Autopsies Can Teach

Medical mysteries lurk in every family, yet the autopsies that could reveal them have become increasingly rare.

Although coroners and medical examiners still investigate suspicious deaths, fewer than 5% of people who die in hospitals are autopsied today, down from 50% in the 1960s, according to government surveys. The decline in autopsies has slowed scientific advances in diseases including cancer, dementia a...

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