Had the opportunity a little while back to attend an autopsy. I was very squeamish about it, but after the initial hesitation, things got better. The pathologist was great and was accustomed to having med students and police in. Got a chance to ask a lot of questions, see the true pathology of disease and the pathologist was great about quizzing the attendees not only about anatomy, but also about possible pathology. Glad to say we nurses and NP wannabees held our own with the med kids, especially when the cops got involved and asked for hypotheses about the "why's". The med students were, of course, great on the facts too, but lacked understanding about lifestyle and psychosocial possibilities and their link to pathology. The pathologist wondered out loud why more nurses and NP's don't attend autopsies more. I wonder the same thing. It won't be my last.