Human Head Transplant Proposed—How Did We Get Here?

Yes, in case you haven’t heard, a doctor in Italy has announced plans to transplant a guy's head onto a new body two years from now. Sound nuts?

Many of the headlines say so. "No, Human Head Transplants Will Not Be Possible by 2017," said Popular Science. The International Business Times pronounced head transplants “not a thing.”

When I started talking about this at work, reactions included words like crazy, and impossible. There were jokes about Ted Williams’ head, currently frozen in Arizona and awaiting a new body. Meanwhile, stories started popping up from online gamers suggesting the whole thing was a hoax designed to sell video ...

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