Pathology for medical students

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This article is an introduction to pathology for family doctors.



  • Filling in a death certificate.
    • WHO standard for death certificate.


  • Identifying medical examiner cases/coroner's cases.
  • Getting an autopsy consent.
    • Understanding the hierarchy.
    • Knowing the difference between executer of the estate and power of attorney for health care decisions.
  • Value of doing an autopsy.
  • Important clinical information.
    • Clinical history - past medical history.
    • Events leading-up to death.
    • Provisional/suspected cause of death.

Surgical pathology

  • Interpreting pathology reports.

Cancer diagnoses


Prognostic factors:


See also