Routine autopsies have become less common in the U.S. But in the past century, post-mortems helped doctors discover many new diseases. iStockphoto.com hide caption toggle caption iStockphoto.com Shots - Health News What Killed Him? A 'Verbal Autopsy' Can Answer December 12, 2012 In many parts of the world, there aren't enough doctors around to do post-mortems. Answers to a few questions can help a computer deduce what killed someone when an autopsy can't be done. The results can help guide decisions about public health.