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The Hospital Autopsy

A Manual of Fundamental Autopsy Practice, Third Edition, 3rd Edition

By Julian L. Burton, Guy Rutty

CRC Press

364 pages | 110 Color Illus.

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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.


"The Hospital Autopsy is greatly needed at a time when many junior pathologists are struggling to gain adequate autopsy teaching and experience…it 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

About the Authors

Julian L Burton MBChB (Hons) MEd FHEA
Senior Teaching Fellow and Senate Award Fellow (Learning and Teaching) at the University of Sheffield, Sheffield
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
Home Office Registered Forensic Pathologist, Leicester, UK

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Forensic Science
MEDICAL / General
MEDICAL / Pathology