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In 1970, Robert White and his colleagues successfully transplanted the head of a rhesus monkey on the body of another one, whose head had simultaneously been removed. The monkey lived 8 days and was, by all measures, normal, having suffered no complications.  A few years later, he wrote: "…What has been accomplished in the animal model - prolonged hypothermic preservation and cephalic transplantation, is fully accomplishable in the human sphere. Whether such dramatic procedures will ever be justified in the human area must wait not only upon the continued advance of medical science but more appropriately the moral and social justification of such procedural undertakings."  In 1999, he predicted that "…what has always been the stuff of science fiction - the Frankenstein legend, in which an entire human being is constructed by sewing various body parts together - will become a clinical reality early in the 21st century… brain transplantation, at least initially, will really be head transplantation - or body transplantation, depending on your perspective… with the significant improvements in surgical techniques and postoperative management since then, it is now possible to consider adapting the head-transplant technique to humans."
Originally posted by ressiv
perhaps some heads could be transplanted on pigs bodies ore reverse ?
Originally posted by Rodinus
reply to post by davesmart
The other signature i wanted to use was : Why disinfect the injection site of the criminal when he recieves the lethal injection? (i could actually use that now as the criminals body may be used for transplantation purposes!?)
edit on 12-7-2013 by Rodinus because: Crap spelling
Originally posted by Pixiefyre
Well that's just dandy! My husband has always said that when he goes he wants his head cryogenic ally frozen so that he can eventually go on to think more and learn more. It's always been a bit of a creepy thought for me, having someone decapitate my husbands head after he's gone and I honestly assumed that the technology would never be THERE to make it work for him.
Now what can I do!!!
Originally posted by Rodinus
I can understand the importance of transplanting certain organs for saving a human life but just why would you want to have a head transplant?
Originally posted by TrueBrit
reply to post by Rodinus
Interesting. I wonder however, how likely it is that an entire donor BODY would be available for such a proceedure. Also, I wonder how well a brain would be able to take command of a new body, how well it would be able to regulate the heartbeat of an unfamiliar heart, how fast it would learn how this body works, what its quirks and ideosyncrasies are, and what they add up to in terms of differences in operation.
And of course, there is the big one. Surely the risk of transplant rejection in such a proceedure is much higher than with other transplant operations? I mean, we are talking about replacing the central processing unit which controls every chemical interchange in the bodies lexicon of operations.
Furthermore, in the event that the actual operation is one hundred percent successful, and the brain adjusts to its new surroundings well, the patient attains full motor control of the donor body, and all seems well. Wont the body have different allergies and weaknesses ? And how likely is a full acceptance by the body, of the new brain, or brain of body for that matter? How likely is a one hundred percent uptake in neurotransmission between the brain and the body? How would one prepare a body for such an operation, or indeed the head?
I find the entire idea utterly bizzare. To my mind, if one has copped it so severely that a new body is required, one ought to do the decent thing and be off to the other place, not hang around on someone elses corpse out of sheer bloody stubbornness!