Books for Pathologists
Autopsy pathology

Revised: 28 August 2015

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Cohen: The Pediatric and Perinatal Autopsy Manual with DVD-ROM
By Dr. Marta Cohen and Dr. Irene Scheimberg
2014, 444 pages, 427 illus, $158 list
The Pediatric and Perinatal Autopsy Manual is a clear and practical yet comprehensive guide for pathology trainees and non-pediatric pathologists. With chapters organized by types of autopsy, this manual answers questions such as: what do I do in cases of congenital malformation or suspected metabolic disease? What is important in the diagnosis of intrapartum and neonatal death? What must I consider in a baby with intrauterine growth restriction and stillbirth? How do I perform a post-mortem in a case of sudden death in infancy? Chapters describe the most important conditions to consider when examining the organs, both macroscopically and histologically, as well as descriptions of how to perform the autopsy.
Collins: An Introduction to Autopsy Technique
By Kim Collins
2005 (2nd ed), 170 pages, $75 list
This popular “how-to” manual depicts both general and specialized techniques for performing autopsies in postmortem examinations in a hospital setting. Perfect for both pathologists-in-training and those who may not perform autopsies on a regular basis, the two-volume set includes an illustrated narrative description of autopsy methods as well as a set of step-by-step diagrams for use in the autopsy suite.
Collins: Autopsy Performance & Reporting
By Kim Collins
2003 (2nd ed), 405 pages, 40 figures, $95 list
This comprehensive text is for seasoned autopsy pathologists and those who may not deal with autopsies on a regular basis. Prepared by the CAP Autopsy Committee, Autopsy Performance & Reporting contains 40 chapters authored by 35 experts. Divided into six sections, this text covers an introduction to the autopsy, preautopsy and administration, autopsy safety, autopsy performance, autopsy reporting, and quality control/quality assurance.
Collins: Special Autopsy Dissections
By Kim Collins
2010 (1st ed), 50 pages, $50 list
Pathologists learning autopsy technique and even those with extensive autopsy experience will find Special Autopsy Dissections a handy guide to the performance of special dissections that are seldom or only periodically performed. The book is especially useful for cases involving unexplained cardiac death, intravascular air, thromboemboli, portal hypertension, deaths in custody, sexual assault, neuromuscular disorders, ocular abnormalities, middle ear disorders, long bone examination, jaw removal for identification, and rare cases in which deep examination of the face is required. Tips are also provided for autopsy-related procedures such as obtaining fingerprints, defleshing bone, and many other topics.
Connolly: Autopsy Pathology
By Andrew Connolly, M.D., Ph.D, Walter Finkbeiner, M.D., Ph.D, Philip Ursell, M.D., and Richard Davis, M.D.
2015 (3rd ed.), 400 pages, 600+ illus, $227 list (Els.)
A mainstay for pathology residents, Autopsy Pathology is designed with a uniquely combined manual and atlas format that presents today's most complete coverage of performing, interpreting, and reporting post-mortem examinations. This lasting and useful medical reference book offers a practical, step-by-step approach to discussing not only the basics of the specialty, but the performance of specialized autopsy procedures as well.
Finkbeiner: Autopsy Pathology: A Manual and Atlas
By Walter Finkbeiner
2009 (2nd ed), 441 pages, 410 illus, $179 list
This how-to guide presents today's most complete coverage of performing, interpreting, and reporting post-mortem examinations. In addition to discussing the basics of the specialty, this lasting and useful reference features information on the performance of specialized autopsy procedures.
Fyfe: Diagnostic Pathology: Hospital Autopsy
By Billie Fyfe, M.D. and Dylan Miller, M.D.
2015, 424 pages, 1,500 illus, $239 list (Els.)
Diagnostic Pathology: Hospital Autopsy, a volume in the highly regarded Diagnostic Pathology series, is the first reference to present autopsy pathology in the way in which it is practiced clinically. The unique approach in presenting classic autopsy techniques also emphasizes the role of molecular studies and other laboratory and ancillary tests (cytology, radiographic analysis) not commonly thought of during autopsy practice. The practices covered will help maximize diagnostic information from each and every autopsy.
Gilbert-Barness: Handbook of Pediatric Autopsy Pathology
By Enid Gilbert-Barness, Diane Spencer and Thora Steffensen
2013 (2nd edition), 749 pages, 658 illus $229 list
Pathologists have long recognized that pediatric autopsy requires great care in technique and dissection to ensure that easily overlooked malformations are recognized and accurate diagnoses are made. The highly experienced authors have created a new edition of Handbook of Pediatric Autopsy Pathology, a comprehensive reference guide to the actual performance of the pediatric autopsy and the optimal recognition and interpretation of pathologic findings. The Handbook of Pediatric Autopsy Pathology, Second Edition covers the spectrum of pediatric pathology with particular reference to those conditions that can be identified at autopsy.
Gerszten: Atlas of Paleopathology: Autopsies in South American Mummies
By Enrique Gerszten
2012 (1st ed), 127 pages, $35 list
Atlas of Paleopathology: Autopsies in South American Mummies documents 40 years’ experience in excavating and examining mummified remains in South America, initially under the auspices of the National Geographic Society and later through the Department of Pathology at the Medical College of Virginia Campus, Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. The numerous images presented represent a multidisciplinary study comprising pathologists, anthropologists, and archaeologists investigating pre-Colombian civilizations from the regions that are today Peru and Chile.
Hanzlick: Cause of Death and the Death Certificate
By Randy Hanzlick
2006 (1st ed), 244 pages, $40 list
Cause of Death and the Death Certificate is intended for any person who must prepare, review, or interpret cause-of-death statements appearing on death certificates or other medical documents, such as autopsy reports. It is a comprehensive manual derived mainly from previous publications from the College of American Pathologists, including The Medical Cause of Death Manual (1994) and Cause of Death Statements and Certification of Natural and Unnatural Deaths: Protocol and Options (1997). This book contains updated information and has been broadened in content to provide information not only useful to physicians, medical examiners, and coroners, but to the public as well.
Houser: The Operated Heart at Autopsy
By Stuart Houser
2009 (1st ed), 238 pages, 91 illus, $159 list
The Operated Heart at Autopsy addresses the need of pathologists in practice and, especially, in training to achieve a new level of competence in dealing, at the time of autopsy, with the anatomic complexity of a heart that has undergone previous surgical treatment, whether that treatment occurred in the recent or remote past.
Mackowiak: Post-Mortem: Solving History's Great Medical Mysteries
By Philip Mackowiak
2007 (1st ed), 350 pages, $30 list
Their lives changed history. Their deaths were mysteries, until now! Post-Mortem: Solving History's Great Medical Mysteries by Philip A. Mackowiak, MD, FACP, examines the controversial lives and deaths of 12 famous men and women. Post-Mortem answers vexing questions such as: Was Alexander the Great a victim of West Nile virus? What caused the gruesome final illness of King Herod? Was Joan of Arc mentally ill during her heresy trial? Could syphillis have made Beethoven deaf? Did Edgar Allan Poe drink himself to death? This new book also investigates the mysterious deaths of the Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten, the Greek statesman and general Pericles, the Roman Emperor Claudius, Christopher Columbus, Mozart, Florence Nightingale, and Booker T. Washington. Post-Mortem traces 3,500 years of medical history from the perspective of what contemporary physicians thought about the diseases of their renowned patients and how they might have treated them. It follows the case history format of today's clinical pathologic conferences, describing the characteristics of the illnesses in question, and bringing to life the medical history, social history, family history, and physical examination of their famous victims. Post-Mortem then sifts through the medical evidence, testing a wide range of diagnostic theories against the known facts and today's best scientific research, to arrive at the diagnosis most consistent with the illness described in the historic record.
Rutty: Essentials of Autopsy Practice: Innovations, Updates and Advances in Practice
By Guy Rutty
2013, 184 pages, 119 illus, $189 list
Essentials of Autopsy Practice: Innovations, Updates and Advances in Practice is the fifth volume in the Essentials in Autopsy Practice series, covering topics of current and future interest. Designed to keep all involved in the investigation of death abreast of changes within the field, this volume covers a wide range of topical areas which can be encountered around the world. Essentials of Autopsy Practice: Innovations, Updates and Advances in Practice covers death by drowning; deaths from extreme temperature; the radioactive autopsy; chemical contamination and the autopsy; blast injuries; forensic odontology identification; and determination of the force used to cause an injury.
Rutty: Essentials of Autopsy Practice: Recent Advances, Topics and Developments
By Guy Rutty
2011, 237 pages, $145 list
Essentials of Autopsy Practice updates the modern pathologist on issues related to the autopsy. This volume contains topical chapters on the pathology of shock, religious attitudes to death, incised wounds, radiological investigations, metabolic disorders in childhood, maternal deaths, body alterations and piercings which are comprehensive, unique and educational. It brings the literature together into a modern, up-to-date review of the subject, each authored by experts in their field. It comprises the most recent developments in current autopsy practice making the book unique and exceptional - a valuable aid for the bench top, autopsy suite, laboratory or library. A hands-on reference book, Essentials of Autopsy Practice is of interest to both trainees and consultants in all sub-branches of pathology including forensic pathology. It can also be used by non-medical staff involved in the dead, such as nurses, police, lawyers and bereavement officers.
Rutty: Essentials of Autopsy Practice: Volume 1
By Guy Rutty
2011, 256 pages, $99 list
Essentials of Autopsy Practice is dedicated to updating the modern pathologist on the issues related to the autopsy. This first volume contains 12 topical chapters which are not covered in any other text. It comprises the most recent developments in current autopsy and relevant subjects that have not yet been covered in current autopsy textbooks. This is what makes this book exceptional in its field. The book will be of interest to both trainees and consultants in all sub-branches of pathology including forensic pathology. The subject matter will also appeal to other areas of clinical medicine and will make a good reference book.
Sheaff: Post Mortem Technique Handbook
By Michael Sheaff
2013 (2nd ed), 466 pages, 128 illus, $179 list
Contains thorough explanations and descriptions Offers clear informative diagrams and photographs Aimed at pathologists in training, medical students, and mortuary technicians Thoroughly revised 2nd edition includes the most recent guidance to an accurate mortem diagnosis from the Royal College of Pathologists and from the College of American Pathologists
Waters: Handbook of Autopsy Practice
By Brenda Waters
2010, 608 pages, $179 list
Handbook of Autopsy Practice, Fourth Edition is divided into three parts. Part I contains six new chapters in which the reader will find an assortment of tools that will increase the value of the autopsy. Included in the section are valuable resources and tools such as a sample next-of-kin letter, a quality assurance worksheet, new discourse on the dissection procedure which is accompanied by a worksheet and template for the gross description. There is also a new, detailed discussion of the safe handling of sharps, complete with photographs and the reader will also find the updated requirements of the Eye Bank of America and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for ocular tissue transplantation. Part II has been updated with new diseases and recent references added. Practicing autopsy pathologists, residents and students are invited to review this alphabetical listing of disorders before each autopsy in order to re-acquaint themselves with what they might encounter. Part III provides a series of tables providing organ weights and body measurements for fetuses, children and adults. Handbook of Autopsy Practice Fourth Edition is an essential resource for clinicians, pathologists, residents and students who strive to hone their trade and increase the value of the autopsies they perform.