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Journal of Indian Academy of Forensic Medicine
Year : 2013, Volume : 35, Issue : 4
First page : ( 358) Last page : ( 361)
Print ISSN : 0971-0973. Online ISSN : 0974-0848.

Attitudes of Medical Students towards Medico-legal/Clinical Autopsy

Rautji Ravi*, Kumar Avishek**, Behera C***

*Professor & HOD, Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, AFMC, Sholapur Road, Pune, 411040, India. E-mail: rautjiravi@hotmail.com

**Associate Professor, Dept. of FMT, AIIMS, New Delhi-110001

***Assist. Prof, Dept. of FMT, AIIMS, New Delhi-110001

Online published on 27 November, 2013.


Autopsy is a research tool which has been used for centuries. It is divided into medico legal and clinical or academic autopsies. The use of autopsy in medical education has been declining. Present study is carried out to determine the attitudes of medical students toward autopsy. Three hundred medical students of 2nd, 3rd and 4th year MBBS were randomly selected for the study. The students were asked to respond anonymously to a set of questions. Most of the students (80.7%) agreed on the importance of autopsy in medical education. 166 (55.3%), respondents suggested that medical students should actively participate in performing autopsies. The majority of the students (282, 94%) felt that autopsy should not be scrapped from the medical curriculum. 51% of students did not want autopsies to be performed on them or their relatives after death. Most of the students were of the view that use of primitive instruments such as chisel and hammer should be replaced with more modern equipment like oscillating saw and care should be taken to keep the autopsy room clean and odour free.



Medico legal autopsy, Clinical autopsy, Medical education, Forensic Medicine, Consent.


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