College of American Pathologists

  Press Release


Published on May 20, 2010

Contact: Sue Masaracchia-Roberts
Phone: 800-323-4040, ext. 7319
           847-772-8653 cell

Autopsy Book Offers Invaluable Practical Information

Any pathologist, whether one who is learning autopsy technique or one with extensive experience, will find the new book just published by CAP Press, Special Autopsy Dissections, very beneficial. Edited by Kim A. Collins, M.D., this book offers clear, concise directions and step-by-step diagrams for numerous procedures. Also included are the indications for each procedure and the equipment required.

“This book is invaluable for practicing forensic pathologists, autopsy pathologists, coroners, medical examiners, students, residents, and fellows,” said Gregory J. Davis, MD, FCAP, forensic pathologist from the University of Kentucky. “This book is a critical addition to one’s reference library, as it offers the reader myriad ways of gleaning additional information not available through conventional autopsy techniques.”

Dr. Davis further recommends having two copies available, “one for one's office bookshelf, as well as a 'dirty' copy for the autopsy suite.”

Randy Hanzlick, MD, FCAP, from the Fulton County Medical Examiner Center in Atlanta, Georgia, said this book “is invaluable and unique because it contains in one volume most autopsy procedures which are relatively uncommon but important in selected cases. The authors are forensic pathologists and other specialists familiar with performing the procedures.”

Picking up where An Introduction to Autopsy Techniques: Step-by-Step Diagrams leaves off, this is a handy, invaluable guide to performing special dissections involving any suspected clinical or forensic entity that requires special attention.

For more information or to order a copy of Special Autopsy Dissections, visit or call 800-323-4040 option 1.

About the College of American Pathologists

The College of American Pathologists (CAP) is a medical society that serves more than 17,000 physician members and the laboratory community throughout the world. It is the world's largest association composed exclusively of Board-certified pathologists and is widely recognized as the leader in laboratory quality assurance. The CAP is an advocate for high quality and cost-effective patient care. More information about the CAP can be found at