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Much of the literature examining how the autopsy impacts medical students has been related to examining students' attitudes toward observing necropsies. (3,5-10) The purpose of this study was to assess the degree to which postmortem examinations are currently being used in preclinical medical education.
A major problem is increasing the number of necropsies, which may be limited by logistics or cultural norms.
We performed necropsies on seven olive ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea), two green (Chelonia mydas), and two leatherback sea turtles (Table 1).
Subsequent necropsies confirmed that no grossly visible parasites, including nematodes, trematodes, cestodes, pentastomids, and acanthocephalans were present (McFarlen, 1991), at least in the adult female terrapins that were mortally injured by traffic.
Necropsies of 4 moose in North Dakota were not entirely conclusive, but suggested that grain overload occurred and was a cause of mortality.
Containers for providing the location to perform necropsies of the seals; the staff of the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (LNV-Noord) for providing access to and help with the centralized seal registration data; the Common Wadden Sea Secretariat and the Trilateral Seal Expert Group for international coordination of the outbreak; Fiona Read for her help with geographic coordinates; Xavier Harduin for help in entering and analyzing data; Robin Huisman for help with the Geographic Information Systems program; and Hans Heesterbeek, Rik de Swart, and Cock van Duijn for reviewing the manuscript at different stages of development.
Three of these birds were euthanatized, and complete necropsies were performed.
Two of the sick prairie dogs at the affected pet store were euthanized, and necropsies were performed (2).
Necropsies were performed systematically on 30 frogs, but no gross abnormalities of the viscera were found.