Post-mortem examination


Post-mortem examination


  • Provided a foundation for understanding the brain. Broca and Wernicke both relied on post-mortem examinations.
  • Improve medical knowledge.
  • Help generate hypotheses for further study.


  • Causation may be an issue, observed damage in teh brain may not be linked to the deficits under review but to some other trauma or decay.
  • Raise ethical issues of consent from patients before death. Patients may not be able to provide informed consent (e.g. HM).


Technique involving the analysis of a person's brain after death. Areas of the brain are examined to establish the likely cause of a deficit or disorder. May also involve comparison with a neurotypical brain. 




During a post-mortem examination, a pathologist, which is a medical doctor specialized in diagnosing diseases My John Deere Account through the study of bodily fluids and tissues, conducts a systematic examination of the body.