Handbook of Autopsy Practice

  • Brenda L. Waters

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Autopsy Techniques and Procedures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Brenda L. Waters
      Pages 3-9
    3. Brenda L. Waters
      Pages 11-26
    4. William D. Edwards, Dylan V. Miller
      Pages 27-49
    5. Caterina Giannini, Haruo Okazaki
      Pages 51-68
    6. R. Jean Campbell, Cheryl R. Hann
      Pages 69-76
    7. Brenda L. Waters
      Pages 77-83
    8. Brenda L. Waters
      Pages 85-88
    9. Vernard I. Adams
      Pages 89-91
    10. Gordon W. Dewald
      Pages 93-97
    11. Jurgen Ludwig
      Pages 99-103
    12. Brenda L. Waters
      Pages 111-124
    13. Vernard I. Adams
      Pages 125-136
    14. Vernard I. Adams
      Pages 137-143
    15. Brenda L. Waters
      Pages 145-149
    16. Brenda L. Waters
      Pages 151-156
  3. Alphabetic Listing of Diseases and Conditions

  4. Normal Weights and Measurements

    1. Hagen Blaszyk, William D. Edwards, Jurgen Ludwig, Brenda L. Waters
      Pages 541-574
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 575-596

About this book


Handbook of Autopsy Practice, Fourth Edition is a testament to the continued evolution of autopsy pathology. In this updated and expanded new edition, the editors cover technological advancements and discuss skills that are necessary in order to perform the most efficient autopsy possible. These skills include efficient and safe dissection techniques, appropriate handling of unexpected findings, meticulous written and photographic documentation, accurate interpretation of findings and finally, timely, compassionate and professional communication with families, physicians and legal counsel.

Handbook of Autopsy Practice, Fourth Edition is divided into three parts. Part I contains six new chapters in which the reader will find an assortment of tools that will increase the value of the autopsy. Included in the section are valuable resources and tools such as a sample next-of-kin letter, a quality assurance worksheet, new discourse on the dissection procedure which is accompanied by a worksheet and template for the gross description. There is also a new, detailed discussion of the safe handling of sharps, complete with photographs and the reader will also find the updated requirements of the Eye Bank of America and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for ocular tissue transplantation. Part II has been updated with new diseases and recent references added. Practicing autopsy pathologists, residents and students are invited to review this alphabetical listing of disorders before each autopsy in order to re-acquaint themselves with what they might encounter. Part III provides a series of tables providing organ weights and body measurements for fetuses, children and adults. Handbook of Autopsy Practice Fourth Edition is an essential resource for clinicians, pathologists, residents and students who strive to hone their trade and increase the value of the autopsies they perform.


Autopsy Autopsy Chemistry Autopsy Laboratory Autopsy Microbiology Dissection Postmortem

Editors and affiliations

  • Brenda L. Waters
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Pathology and Laboratory MedicineUniversity of VermontUSA
  2. 2.Fletcher Allen Health CareBurlingtonUSA

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