A Return to the Past: The Vital Importance of Autopsies for Infectious Disease Practice in 2011
RESEARCH ARTICLE

A Return to the Past: The Vital Importance of Autopsies for Infectious Disease Practice in 2011

The Open Infectious Diseases Journal 26 Oct 2011 RESEARCH ARTICLE DOI: 10.2174/1874279301105010118

Abstract

Introduction of clinical guidelines and algorithms, and technical advances in laboratory tests and imaging techniques have apparently improved diagnostic capabilities in infectious diseases substantially in the last three decades, and autopsies and post-mortem studies are seemingly unwarranted in nowadays infectious disease practice. Is this really true?

Keywords: Infectious diseases, Autopsies, HIV infection, Tuberculosis, Influenza virus infection..