The autopsy, properly performed, remains one of the keystones of modern medicine. However, obtaining the legally required consent or authorization for a medical autopsy can be a complex, almost impossible task. Simplification of the legal requirements for consent throughout the United States would be a definite step forward for medicine, and would benefit society generally.
Lawrence J. McCormack, The Pathologist and the Autopsy, 6 Clev.-Marshall L. Rev. 205 (1957)