Followup Story: Head Transplant Raises Fears Among Medical Experts


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The head transplant story that broke in world news yesterday is garnering lots of attention on this site and elsewhere.

In this post, a followup to the original post yesterday on the planned head transplant, various medical experts express skepticism about the procedure.

Sky News

Medical experts have told Sky News that plans to carry out a head transplant on a Russian patient are “highly questionable”, despite the operation being technically possible.

Italian neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero says he hopes to perform a transplant on patient Valery Spiridonov as soon as 2017.

Mr Spiridonov suffers from a muscle wasting disease and says he is not frightened about having the operation.

But in an interview with Sky News, Matthew Crocker, a consultant neurosurgeon at St George’s Hospital, said he fears Mr Spiridonov is being involved in a “publicity stunt”.

He said while each step of the proposed transplant is “entirely possible”, there…

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