In my post immediately preceding this one, I discussed the Michael Schiavo murder gang and their misuse of the words "allow" and "permit."
Now it seems that because the autopsy is out of their hands, they want to imply that an autopsy can do things that it cannot do. For one thing, an autopsy can NOT diagnose PVS (persistent vegetative state):
In an article at MedPage Today, Dr. Michael De Georgia, head of the neurology/neurosurgery intensive care unit at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, said that the diagnosis of PVS "cannot be confirmed by autopsy." Another neurologist added:
Hyscience has a lot more to say about the subject here:
The [pathologic examination of the] brain can't tell if there is a persistent vegetative state or not," says Harvard neuropathologist E. Tessa Hedley Whyte, MD. "The autopsy will show damage -- probably mostly scarring now -- and that damage will most likely correspond to some extent to what was seen on images."
So, in order to determine the condition of the brain, it is not enough that it is examined by a pathologist, it has to go to a board certified forensic neuropathologist. With all due respect to the Pinellas County medical examiner Dr. Jon Thogmartin, I do not feel he is qualified to do a neurological exam on a brain. While it disgusts me to have to think and talk on this subject, it is unfortunately a necessary evil in order to keep on top of the misinformation that Michael Schiavo's attorney George Felos is feeding to the media.
As they say in the blogsphere, "Read the whole thing."
(hat tips to Thrown Back and Hyscience)
You've been told and NOW YOU KNOW.