Question of the day | Is it ethical to turn over a man’s head?




Not so long ago we reported about a controversial article of Italian neurosurgeon Sergio Kanavero on transplantation of a human head. Working under the name HEAVEN literally emerged from the depths of science fiction: the scientist believes that we have the technology, sufficient for successful transplantation of a human head, and that it can help people with injuries of the body that are incompatible with life.

But whether it is ethical?

Before the transplantation of a human head will enter the world of review, scientists need to perform several successful experiments in primates, says Steven Latham, bioethicist at Yale University. And of course, none of these experiments did not allow any of the sane ethics committees.

However, experiments in primates long in the past. Tests on humans too. The fact remains that a head transplant too outrageous phenomenon. In the case of paralysis, even complete paralysis of the body, scientists will be conducting a less invasive surgical procedures, before they decide to completely replace human body.

“If you have the technology backbone connection to the head, you probably have developed a technology recovery of someone’s broken spine” – laughing, adds a surgeon.

There is another fad: Doctors can motivate a head transplant contrary to the Hippocratic Oath. Dr. Christopher Scott, a bioethicist and expert in regenerative medicine at Stanford, is also concerned about:

“We’ll have to see to it that doctors are acting in the name of medicine, and not in the name of someone’s desire to be famous. These questions have been raised earlier about a procedure such as face transplant. ”

In the best tradition of bioethics Scott notes that in the course of the operation there and a number of intricate philosophical questions: What makes us human?

“Who will be the donor and the recipient who?”, – Says the doctor. – “All of us have an idea of ​​the personality, right? The fact that such a person. Everyone knows a child or a person becomes a person. And this procedure will turn everything upside down. Who is the man – the one who owns the body, or the one who owns the head? It is a chimera, a hybrid. There are other more serious issues for discussion. ”

And why bother to replant head? Let’s make a new one, as this is the heart .
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