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The Slow, Troubling Death of the Autopsy

Disclaimer: The images in this story may be disturbing for some people.

For most people, the mere word “autopsy” summons up visceral images. Bodies lying cold and blue in a lab, a Y-shaped incision on their naked chest. Sardonic doctors hovering over them with medieval…



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Samuel Ashworth

Samuel Ashworth’s journalism, fiction, and criticism have appeared in the Washington Post magazine, Eater, Longreads, Hazlitt, and more. He lives in DC.