Autopsy is the definitive method of diagnosis for many neurological illnesses including Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease.
Families value autopsy information because it ensures accurate diagnosis, helps determine the role of heredity and helps explain the patient's illness.
My maternal grandfather had Parkinson's (lived into his eighties). Altzheimer's is in my father's side of my heritage - including himself (died 72) and one older sister, one younger sister - but not the youngest / last-born.
Today (Thursday) the Washington Post has a front-page news article
Alzheimer's hits women more. Why?
I am interested personally in providing gift of (brain) autopsy. (after I die, of course)
BoBraxton, thanks for starting a discussion thread. This is an interesting topic.
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