The Hospital Autopsy: A Manual of Fundamental Autopsy Practice, Third Edition

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  • Provides a step by step guide to autopsy procedures with high quality color photographs and fully referenced information
  • Designed as a practical clear and systematic approach to standard autopsy technique and subsequent reconstruction of the body
  • Includes a thorough coverage of legal and consent issues surrounding autopsy practice
  • Covers radiological or near virtual autopsy, high risk infections, and perioperative and postoperative deaths
  • Edited by two of the UK's leading autopsy specialists


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.

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

Author Bio(s)

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

Editorial Reviews

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