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The soul and its shell

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Science  26 Feb 2021:
Vol. 371, Issue 6532, pp. 896
DOI: 10.1126/science.abg1073

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Historian Brandy Schillace's new book, Mr. Humble and Dr. Butcher—so titled to evoke Robert Louis Stevenson's Jekyll and Hyde—offers a probing and provocative portrait of the American neurosurgeon and neurophysiologist Robert J. White (1926–2010), whose life's ambition was to establish that the brain—the seat of consciousness, personhood, or, as a pious Catholic like White conceived of it, the human soul—could be separated from its bodily shell and even transferred to another body.

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