Join us September 22 at noon for our next online Q & A

Posted by on Aug 31, 2015 in Blog | No Comments
Join us September 22 at noon for our next online Q & A

Our series, Online Q & A with Autopsy Center, continues in September. Event date: Tuesday, September 22, 2015 @ noon Topic: Infectious Disease Death Have you known someone with pneumonia or a bed sore? Are you curious to know what the autopsy can teach in these cases and others like them? Log in for our […]

Coming up in September: National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

Posted by on Aug 20, 2015 in Blog, Education | No Comments
Coming up in September:  National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. At Autopsy Center, we are well aware of the consequences of obesity on health. Many of our patients who die from heart attacks have severe blockages in the coronary arteries as a result of high cholesterol. Often these patients are obese and have lifestyles that did not include […]

Live from the Morgue is now live!

Posted by on Aug 12, 2015 in Blog, Education | No Comments
Live from the Morgue is now live!

We are pleased to announce that fall, 2015 registration is open to high school groups. Live from the Morgue is an offshoot of our successful class for adults, Science to Humanity: The Autopsy. Live from the Morgue is geared towards high schools students and available to high school groups form grades 9 through 12. Educators […]

From the Director’s Desk

Posted by on Aug 9, 2015 in Blog, From the Director's Desk | No Comments
From the Director’s Desk

Join us this Thursday, August 13 at 10 am central time for an on-line Q & A for the public. The event will begin with a brief video of an autopsy dissection of a coronary artery (for brief clip, click here.) The complete video will be followed by a live, interactive on-line Q & A […]

The Autopsy: An Emotional Choice

Posted by on Jul 22, 2015 in Bereavement, Blog, Essays | No Comments
The Autopsy:  An Emotional Choice

For the family, requesting an autopsy is always an emotional choice. I don’t mean that the family is always upset when they request an autopsy. I mean that the request is always based on some emotional need for closure. This is in some ways different from what motivates physicians and hospitals to request autopsies (although […]

Loss Twice: Death in the Hospital

Posted by on Jul 18, 2015 in Bereavement, Blog, Essays | No Comments
Loss Twice:  Death in the Hospital

The hospital is a paradox. Even for a long stay, many relationships can be fleeting: Who is the phlebotomist today? What resident will be seeing me? Patients (and their families) may wonder these and other like questions. If the hospital experience has lasted months — with surgeries, ICU stays, complications, and medical twists and turns […]

Monthly Case: Aortic Rupture

Posted by on Jun 18, 2015 in Blog, Cases | No Comments
Monthly Case:  Aortic Rupture

Background: The case is of an elderly man with sudden onset of left hip pain. He was diagnosed and treated for arthritis, but died two weeks later. The body is oriented diagonally in the photo. The head would be at the upper left and the feet at the lower right. The star shows the inside […]

Meeting the Man on the Table

Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 in Blog, Cancer, Essays | No Comments
Meeting the Man on the Table

In May I autopsied a man I had gotten to know. He came to the autopsy table more rapidly than usual after he died, because the autopsy was for cancer research. Joseph (yes, not his real name) was a “tumor donor.” Tumor chemistry is unforgiving and ephemeral — the mysteries fly away unchasable unless the […]

Sounds of Death – Airway Mucus Plugging

Posted by on May 1, 2015 in Blog, Cases | No Comments
Sounds of Death – Airway Mucus Plugging

Diagnosis: Airway mucus plugging What is shown? The photograph shows the large airway opened from behind. Seen are: the voice box (left, black arrow), trachea (center); two mainstem bronchi (right, white arrows). The airway is completely filled with mucus. How did this happen? This patient was very weak (from cancer and from an infection), had […]

Museum Anatomic Gifts in 2015

Posted by on Apr 26, 2015 in Blog | No Comments
Museum Anatomic Gifts in 2015

Egyptian Canopic Jars for holding organs during mummification Many families look for ways to make use of their own or their loved one’s body after death in some positive, socially beneficial way. Common options include whole body donation for medical school education and organ and tissue donation to help the living. We accept use of […]

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