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Can Surgeons Transplant a Human Head? Should They?!

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Published on Jul 16, 2013

Is it possible to transplant a human head (or rather, body)? Can we? SHOULD we? It's something that has alluded medical science, as not only are the tissues and nerves difficult to reattach, but there is a very huge problem of connecting the spinal cord, which poses an extremely difficult and potentially painful problem.

Italian surgeon Sergio Canavero says he can successfully attach a human head to a body, though he hasn't ever actually done it. The surgery, if it were to be done, would be conceivably extremely expensive, painful, and risky.

But even if that could be done, SHOULD that be done? What ethical problems do body/head transplants pose? Kim Horcher and science educator/neurology specialist Cara Santa Maria discuss.

Read more from Medical Daily: http://www.medicaldaily.com/articles/...

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