Translated title of the contribution: Human head transplantation

Alexander Lilja-Cyron, Carsten Reidies Bjarkam, Jannick Brennum


Since the beginning of the 20th century, head transplantation (cephalosomatic anastomosis) has been studied in animal models including mice, rats and monkeys. A recently proposed protocol for head transplantation in humans has revived the interest for the procedure. However, key elements in the procedure, such as functional spinal cord fusion, sufficient neuroprotection and post-operative pain control are still undocumented. Ethical issues remain concerning the scientific validity of the proposed project as well as general concerns regarding the entire concept of human head transplantation.

Translated title of the contributionHuman head transplantation
Original languageDanish
JournalUgeskrift for Laeger
Issue number31
Pages (from-to)V01180076
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jul 2018


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