Head (or body!) transplants?

F. Frank LeFever flefever at ix.netcom.com
Sun Mar 16 21:24:40 EST 1997


In <p-ashby.1208847570C at mercury.hgmp.mrc.ac.uk> p-ashby at nimr.mrc.ac.uk
(Peter Ashby) writes: 
>
>In Article <5gesec$7j6$1 at sagan.global-one.pt>, cmsa at global-one.pt
(Carlos M.
>S. Antunes) wrote:
>>Hello!
>>
>>I just saw a TV program where an american neuroscientist transplanted
the
>>head of one monkey into another. Well, I would like to have more info
>>about this.
>>
>
>This was screened here in the uk a while ago and I read an article
about it.
>It was not as dramatic as you might think.  The monkey was paralysed
from
>the neck down and artificialy ventilated.  This was done back in the
'70s (I
>think) but the article suggested the researcher was back in business
which
>disturbed me since I consider the work unethical and of little
potential value.
>
>Peter
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>Peter Ashby                             National Institute for Medical
Research
>Eukaryotic Molecular Genetics           London, England
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I agree with Peter.  I recall seeing a photo (Life magazine?) (40-50
yrs ago) purporting to show such a transplant between dogs.

It requires just a very small amount of basic education re mammalian
anatommy, physiology, neurology, immunology, etc. (i.e. HS or undergrad
level) to understand what a thoroughly stupid idea this is.

Frank LeFever
New York Neuropsychology Group



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