Chapter 1. Head Transplantation: Back to the Future
Chapter 2. Spinal Cord Transection
Chapter 3. Gemini: Anatomical Foundation
Chapter 4. Gemini: Overview of Fusogens
Chapter 5. Fusogens: The Engine of Recovery
Chapter 6. Spinal Cord Fusion in Rodents and Dogs
Chapter 7. Spinal Cord Fusion in Primates
Chapter 8. Electrical Stimulation
Chapter 9. Brain Protection during Cephalosomatic Anastomosis
Chapter 10. Tolerogenesis: An Overview
Chapter 11. Pre-, Intra- and Post-operative Procedures
Chapter 12. Stairway to Heaven
Chapter 13. Escape from Heaven?
In 1970 American neurosurgeon Robert White and his team carried out the first full head transplant in living monkeys. However, the resulting chimera was left tetraplegic and died a few days later. Fifty years on, the technology to perform a human cephalosomatic anastomosis is finally available. In this groundbreaking book, the pioneers of this new medical frontier bring together an international team of scientists to reveal for the first time the entire body of animal and human research and experimentation that made this breakthrough possible. Readers – professionals, journalists, educated laypersons- will get unadulterated access to the published and unpublished body of evidence that has shocked the world since 2013. Only a deep appreciation of this technology can inform the ethical debate that keeps raging on since 2013. Above all, the possibility of extending life raises profound dilemmas. This book brings clarity to the current debate and provides the instruments to make an informed decision on the most sensitive of subjects: overcoming death.