mad science medicine

Head Transplants

Here’s a lovely tale of cold war mad science, (briefly) two-headed dogs and monkeys, and a well-honed lack of medical ethics.

During his trip, White learned of new Soviet experiments, in which a severed dog’s head had been kept ‘alive’, not by stitching it onto another dog’s body, but using special life-support machinery. Most remarkable of all, the isolated head had continued to show signs of consciousness – its eyes blinking in response to light, and ears pricking at the tap of a hammer on the cases it was in.

It’s always nice to realize that one’s science fiction has historical grounding.