What is an autopsy?

An autopsy is a medical examination of a dead body to find out how and why the person died, what disease or injury might be present, and if a particular medical or surgical treatment was effective. The word itself comes from the ancient Greek word autopsia, meaning "to see with one's own eyes." Autopsies are done by a specialized doctor called a pathologist, who has been trained to diagnose diseases by examining body fluids and tissues.

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