Clinical diagnosis and the function of necropsy

Baron, Jeremy Hugh
September 2000
Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine;Sep2000, Vol. 93 Issue 9, p463
Academic Journal
The article discusses the implications of autopsy on the clinical diagnosis of patients. Clinical errors have been noticed during a necropsy procedure and were categorized in four classes. Class I is a major disease that when identified might have been cured or controlled to prevent death. Class II is also a major disease discovered but unlikely to have altered result, while Class III and Class IV are both minor diseases detected but with no bearing on the outcome.


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