Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Someone Else's Face

I enjoyed the movie Face/Off, but I had no idea how close we were to making it reality. Dr. Siemionow, one surgeon pushing the envelope, has nothing but the highest moral reasons for attempting this still risky procedure; she wants to help patients whose faces were disfigured.

Sci-fi imagining aside, I wonder what the psychological effects of wearing someone else's face would be? Surely, it must be better than not having a face at all or wearing a "living quilt." But what happens when you look at yourself in the mirror and see someone else? Skull shape and musculature will prevent a patient from looking like the donor, but it's still not the same face.



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