College of American Pathologists
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  About Autopsies




Updated December 4, 2007

Pathologists perform autopsies that not only determine the person's cause of death, but may also discover more information about the genetic progression of a disease. This discovery can help family members take preventive action for their own health and can aid researchers in developing future treatments.

Pathologists also perform autopsies in conjunction with death investigations when an individual dies unexpectedly or as the result of injury or outside agents.


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