On this edition of “Health Yeah! With Monica Robins,” Monica speaks with author Dr. Brandy Schillace. She writes non fiction on death and dying, the history of science and steampunk.
Dr. Schillace just released a new book, titled ‘Mr. Humble and Dr. Butcher’ A Monkey’s Head, the Pope’s Neuroscientist and the Quest to Transplant the Soul.” It’s about well-known Cleveland neuroscientist and surgeon Dr. Robert White and his efforts to transplant the human brain/head. From publisher Simon & Schuster:
“Dr. Robert White was a friend to two popes and a founder of the Vatican’s Commission on Bioethics. He developed lifesaving neurosurgical techniques still used in hospitals today and was nominated for the Nobel Prize. But like Dr. Jekyll before him, Dr. White had another identity. In his lab, he was waging a battle against the limits of science, and against mortality itself—working to perfect a surgery that would allow the soul to live on after the human body had died.
“Mr. Humble and Dr. Butcher follows his decades-long quest into tangled matters of science, global politics, and faith, revealing the complex (and often murky) ethics of experimentation and remarkable innovations that today save patients from certain death. It’s an enthralling tale that offers a window into our greatest fears and our greatest hopes—and the long, strange journey from science fiction to science fact.”
3News Senior Health Correspondent Monica Robins had the privilege of knowing Dr. White, who passed away in 2010.