Mr. Humble and Dr. Butcher

Sky HISTORY are giving away 5 copies of Mr. Humble and Dr. Butcher, the mesmerizing biography Dr Robert White, a brilliant and eccentric surgeon and his quest to transplant the human soul. Find out more about the life and work of Dr Robert White in this fascinating interview with the author, Brandy Schillace.

Mr. Humble and Dr. Butcher

In the early days of the Cold War, a spirit of desperate scientific rivalry birthed a different kind of space race: not the race to outer space that we all know, but a race to master the inner space of the human body. While surgeons on either side of the Iron Curtain competed to become the first to transplant organs like the kidney and heart, a young American neurosurgeon had an even more ambitious thought: Why not transplant the brain?

Mr. Humble and Dr. Butcher follows his decades-long quest into tangled matters of science, global politics, and faith, revealing the complex ethics of experimentation and remarkable innovations that today save patients from certain death.

About the author

Brandy Schillace is a historian of medicine and the critically acclaimed author of Death’s Summer Coat: What Death and Dying Teach Us About Life and Living and Clockwork Futures: The Science of Steampunk. The editor-in-chief of the journal Medical Humanities, she previously worked as a professor of literature and in research and public engagement at the Dittrick Medical History Center and Museum.