Experimental Surgery http://nhpr.org en Head Transplants: Ethical Nightmare Or Medical Breakthrough http://nhpr.org/post/head-transplants-ethical-nightmare-or-medical-breakthrough <p>In 1970, Dr. Robert White attempted an experimental surgical procedure that might as well have been lifted from the pages of Mary Shelley’s <em>Frankenstein</em> – he removed the head of one living monkey, and attached it to the body of another. Dr. White called it a head transplant and a success. His detractors called it a medical and ethical nightmare. In June of this year, Italian surgeon Sergio Canavero declared that advances in medical technology have made head transplants possible. A number of medical professionals greeted his announcement with skepticism. <em>The Atlantic’s </em>health editor <strong>James Hamblin</strong> <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/07/how-to-perform-a-head-transplant/277519/" target="_blank">wrote about</a> how Canavero says the procedure will work.</p><p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 15:22:18 +0000 Virginia Prescott 31387 at http://nhpr.org Head Transplants: Ethical Nightmare Or Medical Breakthrough Legacy of a Jerk http://nhpr.org/post/legacy-jerk <p>In this episode, Stephen Dubner focuses on an experimental procedure called the fecal transplant. This procedure is sort of combination of organ transplant and blood transfusion that may present a viable way to treat not only intestinal problems but also obesity and a number of neurological disorders. We'll talk to two doctors at the vanguard of this procedure and a patient who says it changed his life. Also: we've all heard our share of poignant and loving eulogies, but what if the deceased was a real jerk? Fri, 14 Sep 2012 16:03:25 +0000 NHPR Staff 12934 at http://nhpr.org Legacy of a Jerk