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Approach to the cardiac autopsy
  1. Mary N Sheppard
  1. Department of Histopathology, Royal Brompton Hospital, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Mary N Sheppard, Department of Pathology, Royal Brompton Hospital, London E18 2BL, UK; m.sheppard{at}


This article deals with a detailed analysis of the dissection of the heart at autopsy. Since most of causes of death are cardiac it is essential that all pathologists are familiar with the approach to dissection of the heart, taking of blocks for histology and possible analysis of the conduction tissue.

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  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.