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Some ethical issues in histopathology

R F Chinoy


A search of the literature and of Internet materials provides little on this topic. This is because histopathologists spend most of their professional lives beyond the public’s view, in laboratories and libraries. However, disillusionment with the medical profession is combined with a growing trend towards litigiousness in India. As the words ‘ethics’ and ‘quality control’ are touted by the media, people seek vengeance when they feel short-changed. So far, clinicians have been the targets of aggrieved patients and relatives. But there is a growing awareness of the silent but pivotal role played by the histopathologist.

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