Source: Post-Mortem Pathology
Source type: book
Document type: book chapter
Document title: “General Considerations” [chapter 1]
Author(s): Cattell, Henry W.
Publisher: J. B. Lippincott Company
Place of publication: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Year of publication: 1903
Pagination: 1-13 (excerpt below includes only pages 5-6)
|Cattell, Henry W. “General Considerations” [chapter 1]. Post-Mortem Pathology. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott, 1903: pp. 1-13.|
|excerpt of chapter|
|William McKinley (autopsy).|
|Ida McKinley; William McKinley.|
From title page: Post-Mortem Pathology: A Manual of Post-Mortem Examinations and the Interpretations to Be Drawn Therefrom: A Practical Treatise for Students and Practitioners.
From title page: With 162 Illustrations.
From title page: By Henry W. Cattell, A.M., M.D., Pathologist to the Philadelphia Hospital and the West Philadelphia Hospital for Women, and Sometime Director of the Josephine M. Ayer Clinical Laboratory of the Pennsylvania Hospital; Senior Coroner’s Physician of Philadelphia; Pathologist to the Presbyterian Hospital; Prosector of the American Anthropometric Society; Demonstrator of Morbid Anatomy in the University of Pennsylvania, etc.
General Considerations [excerpt]
When portions of the body are desired for preservation or for future study, permission to remove them should be obtained from some one connected with the household, though not necessarily from the nearest relative, as in gaining consent for the performance of the autopsy. It is, of course, unnecessary to tell how much of the body is to be taken away! Should, however, the person authorizing the autopsy forbid the removal of any portion of the body from the house, no specimens should be secured. Consent can nearly always be obtained for the removal of small pieces of tissue for microscopic purposes, even in those cases in which permission to take away larger specimens is refused. Thus, in the postmortem on President McKinley, the bullet causing the fatal wound was not found, owing to  Mrs. McKinley objecting—though without legal right so to do—to the search being longer continued, and it was only with the greatest difficulty that permission was obtained to remove portions of the body for microscopic study.