Sci–fi surgery draws ever closer
Suspended animation. Mind control. Operations performed over the internet. Dr Richard Satava, pioneer of ‘outrageous surgery’, believes all this – and much more – will soon be possible.
You have 2.5 billion heart beats in a lifetime. Imagine if you could choose how to spend them. Imagine being able to control an artificial limb or even an external machine – a car, perhaps – with your brainImagine a battlefield where a solider, mortally wounded, is given an injection to put him into suspended animation, flown to a hospital thousands of miles away, operated on, and then brought back to life.
Or imagine that same soldier still lying on the battlefield but being operated on by a robot, controlled by a surgeon in another country.
Dr Richard Satava would like to be that surgeon. And if that scenario plays out 20 or 30 years from now, he’d like to take a pill that extends his life so he can still be there. Satava wants to be, as he puts it, a “pioneer of putting all this into practice”.
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