The Autopsy: An Emotional Choice.
July 22, 2014. Do you think the autopsy is strictly a technical procedure? Why do families want them? Are they looking for just the facts or is there something else going on that drives the request? Follow “David” as he makes his request and read Dr. Margolis’s insight into the autopsy process.
Loss Twice: Death in the Hospital.
July 18, 2015. Death is hard for the family, regardless. What happens if death occurs after a long hospitalization? Are you a provider? Are you a phlebotomist? Think you haven’t played a role for the family? Read Dr. Margolis’s view of what families go through.
Monthly Case: Aortic Rupture.
July 15, 2015. Last month we asked you to puzzle over a case of an elderly man with hip pain. The autopsy showed that the hip pain was not from arthritis but from the pressure of blood escaping from a ruptured aorta.
Meeting the Man on the Table.
June 17, 2015.
Our tumor donation program has changed the emotional resonance of some of our cases. On the one hand, the purpose of the Tumor Donation autopsy is not for family closure, but to help find the cure for cancer. On the other hand, organizing Tumor Donation means we meet our patients while they are still living to discuss the donation process. Dr. Margolis writes a reflection on this May’s Tumor Donation. (Photo is internet image, not actual patient.)
Autopsy Center Talks Sounds of Death
May 1, 2015.
View accompanying image here. Listen to a segment from this weeks Seminar with Dr. Margolis. Is this part of the process of dying? Should caretakers “do something” about it? Take a listen.
Museum Anatomic Gifts
April 26, 2015. Do you think families should be given the option of donating organs and tissue for a museum display? What are the ethics of this choice? Is informed consent sufficient? Tell us what you think. Read more here.
Sleuth It with Autopsy Center: Case of Tendon Repair
April 11, 2015. Try your sleuthing skills and following along with this case discussion. Was this a “minor operation” unrelated to the loss? Did something more serious happen in the operating room? Or something else? Read more and post your thoughts here.