Behind the face transplant:

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‘Quiet deaths, ethical slippage’.
For 15 years, Richard Norris had a face too hideous to show. Then, one day, writes a [s]GQ[/s] journalist, a maverick doctor gave him a miracle too fantastic to believe. Richard got a face transplant, ‘a new life, and a new set of burdens too strange to predict’.

An article in [s]The Lancet[/s] says the changing difference to patients has generated ethical concerns about the exposure of otherwise young and healthy individuals to the sequelae of lifelong, high-dose, multidrug immunosuppression. Nevertheless, it notes, advances in immunomodulatory and immunosuppressive protocols, microsurgical techniques, and computer-aided surgical planning have enabled broader clinical application of this procedure to patients.

An article in [s]Anthropology Today[/s] describes the operation as a highly experimental medical treatment and says patients who are otherwise healthy are dying as a consequence of submitting themselves to the operation. The authors say they are concerned with the ‘quiet deaths and ethical slippages’ that are emerging in this new medical terrain.

Full GQ report
The Lancet article
Anthropology Today abstract


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