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Mr. Humble and Dr. Butcher: A Monkey's Head, the Pope's Neuroscientist, and the Quest to Transplant the Soul

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The mesmerizing biography of a brilliant and eccentric surgeon and his quest to transplant the human soul.

In the early days of the Cold War, a spirit of desperate scientific rivalry birthed a different kind of space race: not the race to outer space that we all know, but a race to master the inner space of the human body. While surgeons on either side of the Iron Curtain c
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Published March 2nd 2021 by Simon Schuster
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Dan
Feb 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
My thanks to Simon & Schuster and NetGalley for an advanced copy of this book.

Mr. Humble and Dr. Butcher: A Monkey's Head, the Pope's Neurologist, and the Quest to Transplant the Soul by Brandy Schillace is much more than the subtitle tells. The book is a profile on Dr. Robert White, a neurologist at the forefront of his profession with many of his techniques changing the field and still in use today. In addition the book goes into the history of animal experimentation, the rise of PETA, some of
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Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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A biography of Dr.Robert White, the medical mind behind several lifesaving neurosurgical procedures. In his lab, he was pushing the limits of science to find a surgical technique that allows for the transplantation of the human soul, the quest for immortality.

Anything related to the brain is interesting to me. I’m fascinated by it. As soon as I read the description of the book, I figured this is a topic I would love to read more about. This book not only talked about the
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Scott J Pearson
The surgery of organ transplantation has taken off in the past fifty years. However, the ability to apply these gains to the nervous system has lagged behind due to the limitations of nerve regeneration. As told in this book, during this time, Robert White, MD/PhD, sought to pioneer head transplantation onto a new body. He was successful in transplanting a monkey’s head onto another’s body. However, he retired and died before his dream could come true.

Schillance’s work seeks to tell his story an
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Steve
Jan 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book. The high points of the book were the look at that era’s science in the Soviet Union, and the look at the history of transplantation, from a sociological and ethical viewpoint, not a medical one. Author Brandy Schillace also writes with a sense of humor and the book was difficult to put down. I strongly recommend it for anyone interested in the history of medicine.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary advance reader copy of this book via Edelweiss for review purposes.
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BRANDY SCHILLACE (skil-á-chay) is an author and historian who works at the intersections of medicine, history, science, and literature. Non-fiction includes Death’s Summer Coat: What Death and Dying Teach Us About Life and Living, Clockwork Futures: The Science of Steampunk (Pegasus) and the forthcoming Mr. Humble and Dr. Butcher (Simon and Schuster). Dr. Schillace is a 2018 winner of the Arthur P ...more

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