Robert J. White
|Robert J. White|
|Born||Robert Joseph White
January 21, 1926
Duluth, Minnesota, U.S.
|Died||September 16, 2010
Geneva Township, Ashtabula County, Ohio, U.S.
|Education||University of St. Thomas (B.S., 1951)
Harvard Medical School (M.D., 1953)
University of Minnesota (PhD, Neurosurgery, 1962)
White began his undergraduate studies at the University of St. Thomas before entering the University of Minnesota Medical School in 1949; he later transferred to Harvard Medical School in 1951, where he earned his medical degree cum laude in 1953.
Throughout his career, White performed over 10,000 surgical operations and authored more than 900 publications on clinical neurosurgery, medical ethics, and health care. He received honorary doctorates from John Carroll University (Doctor of Science, 1979), Cleveland State University (Doctor of Science, 1980), Walsh University (Doctor of Humane Letters, 1996), and University of St. Thomas (Doctor of Sciences, 1998).
White had ten children with his wife, Patricia Murray, a nurse whom he met at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital while completing his surgical internship and residency. A devout Roman Catholic, White was a member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. He attended mass regularly and prayed before performing surgeries. White died at his home in Geneva on September 16, 2010, aged 84, after suffering from diabetes and prostate cancer.
He nicknamed himself Humble Bob. White founded Metro's neurosurgery department. Many people know him for being the leading target for protestors. A giant banquet was held in honor of him and all of his hard work as a neurosurgeon. Public figures called him Mr. Butcher.
In 1973, after a long series of preliminary experiments, White performed a transplant of one monkey head onto the body of another monkey, although it lasted just a few days. Because the surgery included severing the spine at the neck, the subjects were all paralyzed from the neck down. The animals were killed after being studied.
- Segall, Grant (September 16, 2010). "Dr. Robert J. White, famous neurosurgeron and ethicist, dies at 84". Cleveland.com. Retrieved February 4, 2011.
- "Robert Joseph White, MD PhD". The Society of Neurological Surgeons. Retrieved February 4, 2011.
- Yearbook 2008, pp. 255–7.
- The Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Yearbook 2008. Vatican City: The Holy See. 2008. p. 393. ISBN 88-7761-095-9 Check
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- Interview at LitmusZine.com (not working)
- White's Anatomy (not working)
- The Frankenstein Factor
- Frankenstein fears after head transplant
- VBS.tv documentary
- Journalist and author Oriana Fallaci wrote "The Dead Body and the Living Brain" (Look, 26, 1967, pgs 99–105) based on White's experimentation on primates; in turn, this was included in the 2010 book edited by philosopher Tom Regan and theologian Andrew Linzey, Other Nations: Animals in Modern Literature.