Panoramic Overview of the Autopsy | Chapter 13 | Current Trends in Medicine and Medical Research Vol. 4
The dissection of dead bodies for medical purposes that is postmortem examination dates back to ages. The human body is vulnerable to various ailments because of its genetic constitution and its immediate environment. The interaction of genetic and environmental forces cause and moderate the severity of diseases, leaving clinicians highly perplexed in some situations. Postmortem therefore becomes necessary to unravel medical mysteries especially remembering that no two patients are exactly the same and there is virtually no impossibility in medicine. Over the centuries, the autopsy remains the ultimate revealer of secrets and best means to understand hitherto obscure pathophysiological processes.
Akinwumi O. Komolafe
Department of Morbid Anatomy and Forensic Medicine, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, igeria and Department of Morbid Anatomy and Forensic Medicine, Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria.
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