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To the Editor:—
It was most interesting to read "In the Year 2000" ( MEDICAL NEWS, JAMA191, Jan 4, 1965, adv p 31). I believe the legal problems will be enormously complex in the era of organ transplants. Transplantation of an animal head has been successful in at least one case, according to reports I have read. If such a procedure will be feasible any time in the future in human surgery, we shall face extra-ordinarily new medicolegal problems, regarding identity, family relationships, property ownership, etc. Whose identity will such a person have? The identity of the ex-proprietor of the head, or of the ex-proprietor of the body? To which family will he belong? If the one ex-proprietor was a licensed surgeon, the other one a licensed attorney, which license will the composite person have? Which property, bank account, and debt will be his? From which line will he inherit,
Tauber J. The Year 2000. JAMA. 1965;191(10):867. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080100085036