“Death” of Pathology in Russia Lamented by Nation’s Leading Pathologists

Experts agree, Russia might soon lose its ability to verify the health of its people

Because pathologists work out of the sight of the public in medical laboratories, their essential role in the quality of medicine that is delivered in a nation is typically undervalued. This is even truer of the contribution pathologists make when they conduct autopsies to investigate and identify a patient’s full range of ailments and health conditions at the time of death.

In Russia, leading pathologists are beginning to educate the public about these points. Fewer than 60% of Russians are autopsied when they die. That’s according to the Russian Society of Pathologists, whose President met recently with the members of the Public Chamber to discuss the lack of adequate postmortem services in Russia.