Just for Fun: 18th Century Decapitation Myths

Heard the story of the severed head which blinked in response to questions? The idea that decapitation allows for a brief moment of consciousness within the detached brain – in some versions up to an hour – is a tale reportedly dating back to the 18th century.  Wonderfully morbid medical historian Lindsey Fitzharris takes a look at whether there is any truth to it.


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