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Autopsy in the 21st Century

Best Practices and Future Directions

  • Jody E. Hooper
  • Alex K. Williamson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Demonstrating Value in Autopsy Practice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Harold Sanchez, Gregory Chamberlin
      Pages 19-38
    3. Dylan V. Miller, Billie Fyfe-Kirschner
      Pages 39-55
    4. Alex K. Williamson
      Pages 57-76
  4. Autopsy Practice in the Modern Era

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 77-77
    2. Robert D. Hoffman
      Pages 103-122
    3. Victor W. Weedn
      Pages 123-148
  5. The Autopsy as a Tool of Discovery

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-149
    2. Jun Fan, Christine A. Iacobuzio-Donahue
      Pages 151-166
    3. Jody E. Hooper, Eleonora Duregon
      Pages 167-185
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 195-198

About this book


The field of autopsy pathology is enjoying an unexpected renaissance as new and improved uses for postmortem examination are found in quality improvement, education, and research.  Increased interest in the autopsy is evident in the popular press as well as in national and international physician meetings.  This text provides an overview of topics the authors consider crucial to competent and effective autopsy practice in the 21st century.  Each chapter combines relevant theoretical background with current and practical experience-based guidance so that pathologists and clinicians can better utilize the autopsy to provide optimal value to families, patients, researchers, hospitals, and health systems.  Importantly, pathologist contributors highlight insights and observations on the future of the field in each chapter.  The emerging area of rapid research autopsy is also presented from the perspective of both the science and the performance of this new area of autopsy development.  Autopsy in the 21st Century provides guidance for readers to embrace transformations that are already taking place in the field of autopsy pathology.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Jody E. Hooper
    • 1
  • Alex K. Williamson
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PathologyJohns Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.Department of Pathology & Laboratory MedicineZucker School of Medicine at Hofstra / NorthwellHempsteadUSA

About the editors

Jody E Hooper, M
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Department of Pathology
Baltimore, MD

Alex K. Williamson
Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra / Northwell
Long Island Jewish Medical Center / Northwell
New Hyde Park, NY

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Autopsy in the 21st Century
  • Book Subtitle Best Practices and Future Directions
  • Editors Jody E. Hooper
    Alex K. Williamson
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-98372-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-98373-8
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 198
  • Number of Illustrations 6 b/w illustrations, 11 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Pathology
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