Italian neurosurgeon to attempt first head transplant
A 30-year-old Russian man with a severe degenerative muscle condition hopes to become the first person ever to undergo a human head transplant. His Italian doctor believes he has about a 90 percent chance of success, and he hopes to perform the operation to save his patient within the next two years.
Class discussion: What do you think of the proposed operation? Would it be OK to save a terminally ill patient by transplanting his or her head onto a donor body? What about a very wealthy old person who just wants to keep living? (The surgery is expect to cost $15 million.) What makes you who you are? Your mind? Your body? Both? Or, something else?
Lessons & Classroom Activities
Resources by grade level