Map of life expectancy at birth from Global Education Project.

Sunday, December 06, 2015

Science marches on

This is not funny and I am not playing it for humor. It is however quite thought provoking. The VA has approved experimental penis transplant surgery for veterans whose genitals have been destroyed in the war. This will use deceased donor organs.

You may have read the Earnest Hemingway novel The Sun Also Rises, about a veteran with this injury. There are serious downsides, including the need to take immunosupressive drugs which may result in opportunistic infections, and of course organ rejection. Whether the donor penis will ever be capable of intromission or produce the desired neurological effects seems highly uncertain. It is also just plain  weird concept to contemplate.

I won't say more about it because I'm not sure what to say.

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