The Hospital Autopsy: A Manual of Fundamental Autopsy Practice

The Hospital Autopsy: A Manual of Fundamental Autopsy Practice

Hardback Hodder Arnold Publication

By (author) Julian L. Burton, By (author) Guy N. Rutty

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  • Publisher: Hodder Arnold
  • Format: Hardback | 364 pages
  • Dimensions: 194mm x 248mm x 20mm | 962g
  • Publication date: 6 September 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0340965142
  • ISBN 13: 9780340965146
  • Edition: 3, Revised
  • Edition statement: 3rd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 110 colour illustrations, 75 colour illustrations, 35 colour line drawings
  • Sales rank: 353,343

Product description

Now in full colour, this new and revised edition of The Hospital Autopsy presents a clear and systematic approach to safe and effective modern autopsy practice for pathologists. It begins by discussing issues such as legislation governing autopsies, religious attitudes and ensuring safety, before covering the procedures of external examination, evisceration, dissection of internal organs and report writing. Six new chapters have been added and contemporary specialist techniques, such as near virtual autopsy, are covered in depth, with chapters devoted to complex issues including perinatal autopsies, maternal deaths and autopsies where the cause of death is unascertained. The Hospital Autopsy is an indispensable resource for pathologists in training, as well as a concise reference for practicing pathologists and autopsy technicians.

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Author information

Julian L Burton MBChB (Hons) MEd FHEA Senior Teaching Fellow and Senate Award Fellow (Learning and Teaching) at the University of Sheffield, Sheffield and Coronial Pathologist at the Medico-Legal Centre, Sheffield Guy Rutty MD MBBS FRCPath DipRCPath(Forensic) FFFLM FFSSoc Professor of Forensic Pathology, Chief Forensic Pathologist, East Midlands Forensic Pathology Unit, University of Leicester and Home Office Registered Forensic Pathologist, Leicester, UK

Review quote

"The Hospital Autopsy is greatly needed at a time when many junior pathologists are struggling to gain adequate autopsy teaching and is an essential text for reference in the post-mortem suite, as well as being useful for the examination" -Bulletin of the Royal College of Pathologists "Nine years on from the last edition there has been considerable expansion... Significant improvements include the use of colour for photographs, diagrams, sub-headings and summary boxes... It is... essential reading for the dwindling band of autopsy pathologists." -ACP News

Table of contents

The history of the autopsy The future of the autopsy The role of the autopsy in medical education Autopsies and the law Religious attitudes to death and post-mortem examinations The safe and healthy autopsy Autopsies of people with high-risk infections The external examination The pathology of wounds and injuries The evisceration Dissection of the internal organs Examination of the nervous system Fetal, perinatal and infant autopsies The maternal autopsy Toxicological and biochemical analyses Microbiology of the autopsy Investigating possible anaphylactic deaths Perioperative and postoperative deaths The radiological autopsy The decomposed body and the unascertained autopsy Reconstruction of the body Autopsies and clinical audit Reports, documentation and statements