That is the title of a new article by Nikolai Krementsov in the June 2009 issue of Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences. The abstract is awesome enough to make me slaughter a tree and read it tonight:
“…This paper examines the relationship between the literary and the scientific experiments with severed heads in post-revolutionary Russia, which reflected the anxieties about death, revival, and survival in the aftermath of the 1914–1923 ‘reign of death’ in that country….”
But the real genius is the assigned keywords: “Aleksandr Beliaev; Sergei Briukhonenko; Death; Revival; Severed head; Russia.”
What other glories of academe might be revealed by a keyword search for “severed head”?