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Head transplantation: The myth and reality

In Hindu mythology, the almighty Shiva is said to have ‘transplanted’ an elephant’s head on Lord Ganesha, in what is the first recorded instance of a feat that has thus far failed to break out of the realms of science fiction. Unfazed, however, visionary neurosurgeons around the world have spent whole lifetimes in pursuit of this seemingly impossible medical mission that, if ever achieved, will rank as the grandest scientific feat in human history, even higher than landing on the moon.

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