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Should it be a 'body' or 'head' transplant?

By Lindy McDowell

According to reports from the medical front, doctors are steadily making progress towards the day when they will successfully carry out a head transplant. Aside from the scientific challenges, what always intrigues me about this story (and, yes, I'm being a bit of a pedant here) is whether the operation should actually be termed a 'head transplant'.

Since that's the bit which will, hopefully, be retained, shouldn't the op be more accurately described as a 'body transplant'?

Although obviously that wouldn't sound half as exciting in a headline.

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