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I can think of entire swathes of the country that should be able to donate their brains... and it needn't inhibit their quality of life! Everyone who watches Celebrity Big Brother, for starters... and a fair few of our MPs, perhaps. :)
UK scientists have appealed for people to donate their brains to researchers facing a "dire" shortage of grey matter, the BBC reports. According to Dr Payam Rezaie of the Open University's Neuropathology Research Laboratory, scientists urgently need "thousands more brains... to look for the cause and treatments for conditions …
For organ transplant and scientific use a UK national can simply have their bits used (not as if they will need them any more, being so much dead meat). Why people are so connected to their soon-to-be worm-food carcass is beyond me. This also means there is no stress in pestering family members, unless they make it known that the deceased did not want their body used.
Or how about a tax break? Donate your body and death-duty is only 20% rather than 25% of the estate?
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There are a few fallacies in your statement.
First, they clearly say that they are interested both in healthy brains as well as brains of Parkinson's sufferers. Let's pretend you decide today to donate your brain: when you die, it may be healthy or not but you have taken the decision while you were healthy and in full possession of your mental capacities. No issue there.
Second, Parkinson's sufferers don't suddenly become mentally incompetent from day 1. In fact, the illness has usually been there for several years before it is detected. And even when it is diagnosed, people still have all their mental and motor abilities, they degrade slowly through time. Same for all neurological deseases in fact, which is part of the problem because the person and her family see her degrade slowly and this can be quite traumatic. So sufferers can very well make that decision while they have all their mental abilities even after being diagnosed. For example, nobody would consider Stephen Hawkins or (Sir) Terry Pratchett to be mentally unable to make such a decision even though they both have been diagnosed with a neurological desease.
That's a common misconception of such deseases: it's not like having a car accident, breaking your spine and being wheelchair bound, in need of 24/7 assistance and unable to make decisions for yourself from one day to the next. A Parkinson's sufferer will get to that stage but it takes several years to reach it and a lot of people live an active life for as long as they can after being diagnosed with the illness.