If You Transplant a Human Head, Where Do You Get the Body?
Two years ago, the controversial Italian neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero made a brazen announcement: In December 2017, for the first time in history, he would transplant a human head.
The prospect of a head transplant raises all kinds of questions, both technical and ethical. There may be no bigger question, though, than the one that also seems most obvious: From where, exactly, are they going to get this body and head?
At least that’s what Karen Rommelfanger, a neuroethicist at Emory University Center for Ethics, is wondering. Dr. Rommelfanger is also a NS faculty member.
“Why have we yet to ask where the bodies are coming from, either the body with the head or the body with the body?” she told Gizmodo. “We’re missing very important basic details about this and we’re missing the larger picture.”