Handbook of Autopsy Practice

  • Jurgen Ludwig

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Autopsy Techniques, Laboratory Procedures, and Data Processing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Vernard I. Adams
      Pages 7-19
    3. William D. Edwards
      Pages 21-43
    4. Jurgen Ludwig
      Pages 45-52
    5. Jurgen Ludwig
      Pages 53-63
    6. Caterina Giannini, Haruo Okazaki
      Pages 65-84
    7. R. Jean Campbell
      Pages 85-93
    8. Jurgen Ludwig
      Pages 95-99
    9. Brenda L. Waters
      Pages 101-105
    10. Gordon W. Dewald
      Pages 107-111
    11. Vernard I. Adams
      Pages 113-115
    12. Jurgen Ludwig, William D. Edwards
      Pages 137-141
    13. Vernard I. Adams, Jurgen Ludwig
      Pages 159-165
    14. Jurgen Ludwig
      Pages 167-168
  3. Alphabetic List of Diseases and Conditions, with Recommendations for Case-Specific Autopsy Procedures

    1. Jurgen Ludwig, Vernard I. Adams, William D. Edwards, Caterina Giannini, Brenda L. Waters
      Pages 169-547
  4. Normal Weights and Measurements

    1. Hagen Blaszyk, Jurgen Ludwig, William D. Edwards
      Pages 549-572
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 573-592

About this book


There is an acute need for a complete and readily accessible resource for autopsy work because few pathologists still specialize in autopsy practice and, as a consequence, expertise in autopsy technology and autopsy pathology has declined. In Handbook of Autopsy Practice, Third Edition, Jurgen Ludwig, md, has updated and expanded his recognized "masterpiece" to create an indispensable source of both classic and innovative procedures for successful autopsy diagnosis and documentation. The section on autopsy methods and all their corollary activities has been completely modernized with current laboratory methods, quality assurance procedures, methods for processing autopsy data, and increased safety precautions for dealing with potentially fatal infectious diseases. The heart of the book-a thoroughly revised alphabetical listing of diseases and conditions-tabulates all the recommended technical procedures and their expected findings for instant reference during work in the autopsy room. This gold mine of diverse facts and information provides the prosector with critical guidance on what to look for in each case and how to dissect and preserve it. Numerous updated appendices detail organ and body weights and sizes, conversion factors, fetal development tables, and all manner of esoteric and useful information. This new, richly enhanced Third Edition has been written by highly experienced academic autopsy pathologists, as well as the medical examiner of a major city, and technical experts in related fields.
Comprehensive, authoritative, and indispensable, the Handbook of Autopsy Practice, Third Edition illuminates the practical pathology of disease and readily provides to anatomic and forensic pathologists all the critical information and procedures needed for thorough, accurate autopsy diagnosis and documentation today.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Jurgen Ludwig
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Laboratory Medicine and PathologyMayo ClinicRochesterUSA
  2. 2.Mayo Medical SchoolRochesterUSA

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