A second author event will be held on March 8th at Politics and Prose, where I will be joined by the marvelous Lindsey Fitzharris (author of The Butchering Art) to talk about all things head/body transplant. RSVP for the event below!
Monday, March 8, 2021 – 6 p.m.
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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.
Brandy Schillace is a historian of medicine and the critically acclaimed author of Death’s Summer Coat: What Death and Dying Teach Us About Life and Living and Clockwork Futures: The Science of Steampunk. The editor-in-chief of the journal Medical Humanities, she previously worked as a professor of literature and in research and public engagement at the Dittrick Medical History Center and Museum.
Lindsey Fitzharris is the creator of the popular websites The Chirurgeon’s Apprentice and Grave Matters, and the YouTube series Under the Knife. She writes for The Guardian, The Lancet, and other publications. She received a doctorate in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology from the University of Oxford and a postdoctoral research fellowship from the Wellcome Trust. The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister’s Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine is her first book.Politics and Prose Live! Washington DC 20008
Mr. Humble and Dr. Butcher: A Monkey’s Head, the Pope’s Neuroscientist, and the Quest to Transplant the Soul (Hardcover)
By Brandy Schillace $27 9781982113773 Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now Simon & Schuster – March 2nd, 2021