Brain TransplantMedical technology has seemed to advance enough so that doctors are able toperform brain transplants. So far this procedure has only been successfullyperformed on animals, and now doctors hope to perform this procedure on humans.I believe brain transplants should not be performed at all, and especially noton humans because of the numerous problems and side effects that could arise.Even though brain transplants can be successfully performed on animals,this does not mean that it will be successful with humans. The human brain ismuch more complex than the brain of animals, so there will be many morecomplications during surgery.
For example, the healthy brain that was removedcould have been damaged in some way without the doctors knowing it. It wouldalso be very difficult to attach a person’s brain in a different body because ofthe millions of neurons that send and receive messages to and from all over thebody. It would be almost impossible to reconnect every single neuron, andwithout them a person could not function normally. Many psychological effectsare also possible because the human brain is so complex. Our brain makes us whowe are, and with a different brain we would no longer be unique. A person witha different brain would seem to be a total stranger and in many ways they wouldbe.
Hopefully these dangerous side effects will convince doctors not to performthis procedure on humans.The advancement of technology can be very beneficial to everyone, but Ido not believe that this medical technology of brain transplants will helpanyone. We were all born with one brain and through childhood to adolescenceour mind developed into who we are. No one should steal our identity from us,even if we are seriously injured, and change it to a completely new one. Alsofor the people who have died with healthy brains, that was their identity and itshould not be given to anyone else.
Another problem with brain transplants is how can doctors choose whatare “healthy” or “normal” brains. An elderly person who has died would have anaged brain that would not be as efficient as a younger person’s brain. Thenwould doctors have to find healthy brains of the same age as the person whoneeds it? This could also bring up other factors such as intelligence, gender,or physical problems that a person might have had before death.
Also anotherproblem might be with the period of time a brain can be kept “alive” after deathand how it can be kept “alive” without damage. Overall, my feelings about thissurgery are that it should not be done on humans until doctors have overcome allthe problems and obstacles that stand in their way of making brain transplantswith humans successful.