Talk:Head transplant

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Erroneous 'Citation Needed'[edit]

The summary contains a citation request where there shouldn't be one. You wouldn't cite an absence of claims on human head transplant. You'd cite claims that such a thing *has* happened.

Wasn't the USSR the first?[edit]

I believe that the USSR was the first to do a head transplant, not China. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:42, 19 December 2007 (UTC)


An interesting book on this subject is "If We Can Keep a Severed Head Alive: Discorporation and U.S. Patent 4,666,425" by Chet Fleming. I haven't read it. (I have only read about it in another book which is not about head transplants.) Maybe someone who knows more about it can comment on it in the article. Two Halves 12 January 2003

Removed 1812 quote[edit]


The first head transplants were conducted in 1812, although there was only a marginal amount of success.

Added by the following: [1] in October of 2006. Travb (talk) 10:52, 3 December 2007 (UTC)

Removed Warning Quote[edit]

Warnings about the future are subjective, not objective.

Thangalin (talk) 02:52, 19 January 2008 (UTC)

Changed wording[edit]

Changed "...subjects were typically done in by immune reactions..." to "...subjects typically died from immune reactions..." Nelliejellynoonaa (talk) 17:38, 7 February 2009 (UTC)

removed from article[edit]

In 1998 Charles Krauthammer of Time magazine warned of the potential medical future of head transplanting with cloning:

Adamtheclown (talk) 22:03, 21 December 2010 (UTC)

I definitely think that this should be removed, I doubt that outlawing organ cloning is a widely held view point (at least I would hope not). After all the article on cancer research doesn't have a section on "Opposition to curing cancer"; even though I can gaurantee that there are people who believe curing cancer would be a sin. (talk) 05:57, 5 August 2011 (UTC)

Furball4 (talk) 08:28, 18 August 2012 (UTC)

I agree. Although the inclusion of this quote does not technically lend credence to the viewpoint, it does give airtime to only one side of a controversy. Since this article is not currently sophisticated enough to support a high-quality "Controversy" section, it should either avoid the controversy entirely or else reference its mere existence in one line without going any further. Furthermore, the Krauthammer quote is a particularly poor exemplar of the "against" argument. It does not even attempt moral argumentation, but references only the man's conclusion and call for legislation. I'm all for headless spares, but the "against" argument deserves better than Charles Krauthammer. I propose removing the quote entirely, and will do so in a week or so if no objections are made and discussed here.
Who wrote this? Igottheconch (talk) 12:42, 7 January 2014 (UTC)


  1. ^ Krauthammer, Charles (1998). "Of Headless Mice...And Men". Time.  Unknown parameter |month= ignored (help) Discusses headless cloned humans


a 30 year old man will be the first to undergo this procedure. --VirusKA (talk) 17:19, 10 April 2015 (UTC)

That's MGSV marketing. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2602:306:250C:1EB9:F09B:76CC:FB95:5408 (talk) 08:23, 29 April 2015 (UTC)

Full Body Transplant[edit]

The title is wrong.

If a person is his mind so that his brain thus head, then, it's not the head which is being transplanted. But it's the body.

So the title should be changed.-- (talk) 15:47, 10 June 2015 (UTC)

The sources all call it "head transplant," so that's what we go with. Kendall-K1 (talk) 18:30, 10 June 2015 (UTC)

Sergio Canavero[edit]

I'm in favor of leaving this out. If it stays, I'd like to see the citekill fixed. Kendall-K1 (talk) 00:27, 15 June 2015 (UTC)

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Dr. Jerry Silver[edit]

The Dr. Jerry Silver quote is from Nexus New Times magazine, which is full of stories about artifacts on Mars, crystals, Mayan codices, and how computers cause miscarriages. It does not seem like a reliable source to me. Kendall-K1 (talk) 03:31, 6 June 2016 (UTC)


Per WP:LEAD the lead summarizes the article. And the article talks about several "successful" transplants. So that's what the lead says. The mentions in the article are backed up by sources. Kendall-K1 (talk) 05:43, 27 August 2016 (UTC)


Under the human head transplant section, the preparation steps and procedure seem to sort of repeat each other. I think that section needs to be cleaned up a bit but I myself am not sure how to. NikolaiHo☎️ 05:48, 18 November 2016 (UTC)

The whole Canavero section is way too long. It should be cut back to what it was before the recent additions. After the transplant actually happens, we can expand it. Kendall-K1 (talk) 06:01, 18 November 2016 (UTC)