Sunday, March 17, 2013

Philosophy Wire: Change cranium… because?!?

CUSTOM_PRINTPhilosophy Wire by Spiros Kakos [2013-03-17]: Surgeons have replaced 75 percent of a man’s skull with a custom-designed polymer cranium constructed with a 3-D printer. The surgery took place on March 4 and is the first U.S. case following the FDA’s approval of the implants last month. The patient’s reason for needing such extensive replacement surgery has not been revealed. [source: Science News] “Not revealed” ?!? What does that even mean? This is the first time I hear of a successful surgery that does not reveal the thing it “fixed”. We have all heard of weird medical experiments. Let us just hope this is not another case of “experimenting to earn more money”… Fixing what does not need fixing is not a first for modern medicine…

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