I will most certainly request an autopsy in writing as part of my will, plus my wife says she will be demanding one. Maybe it will help them determine a cause of ALS or like sypmtoms, seeing they really don't know much for researching this desease for over a 140 years!
My Neuro asks all his ALS patients ( at an appropriate time ) for a limited autopsy. All they need is a small section of brain tissue and a piece of spinal cord. This will help in his research for a cause. He needs the samples within 12 hours of death so it is important that your family knows your wishes.
Yes- ask him please, Al. I read somewhere that you need doctors with a different set of skills to perform a criminal autopsy, for example. Makes me wonder if a local person could find all the neurological answers we seek in an autopsy.
Me, I have decided to give my body and brain to whichever research institute wants it. If any does, lol! :lol:
Most area hospitals should have a pathologist, a physician who is skilled in autopsies. If, by chance you live in a sparsely populated area, there still should be a pathologist on call for your local hospital. They shouldn't have to send you anywhere.
I live in the boonies and I can tell you that even getting pronounced dead is lengthy! Sad but true. I would like to participate with the donation of my brain and spinal cord, since I am being cremated anyway. But it is what it is!