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The experiments of Sergei Bryukhonenko
December 21, 2007 2:37 AM   Subscribe

After inventing the autojector, the worlds first artifical heart-lung machine, Sergei Bryukhonenko began to experiment on keeping severed dog heads alive and bringing dogs back from the dead, as shown in the film Experiments in the Revival of Organisms (some links contain mildly ghoulish stills from film).
posted by Brandon Blatcher (43 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite

 
Liiiiife! Give....my.....creation......LIIIIIIIIIIIIIFE!
posted by pax digita at 3:00 AM on December 21, 2007


It's Pronounced "Fronkensteen"!
posted by kersplunk at 3:04 AM on December 21, 2007


My Father's work was DOO-DOO! *stab thigh with scalpel*

Class... is... dismissed.
posted by SansPoint at 3:15 AM on December 21, 2007


Shit. Grandfather. Grandfather's work.
posted by SansPoint at 3:15 AM on December 21, 2007


Didn't this get covered in the Reanimator series of movies, Donovan's Brain, and the man with two brains?
posted by Gungho at 4:15 AM on December 21, 2007


"Of Herbert West, who was my friend in college and in after life, I can speak only with extreme terror."
posted by wobh at 4:24 AM on December 21, 2007 [2 favorites]


I've seen that video. Not going to that page ever again. Watched the head of a German Shepherd licking its nose and with a look of extreme annoyance.

Not a very (ahem) fetching sight.
posted by hal9k at 4:26 AM on December 21, 2007


Is there some type of new canine overlord we should be welcoming here?
posted by marxchivist at 4:26 AM on December 21, 2007


This was mentioned by Heinlein, in "I Will Fear No Evil". It was a bit of research leading up to transplanting a brain from an old body into a young one. Great story, but, you know, I'm a fan.
posted by Goofyy at 4:29 AM on December 21, 2007


Dubble. Kinda. They linked to the film. And I seem to recall another post on it too but I can't find it. And I don't really want to put the effort into looking for it anyhow because pointing out doubles makes me look like Queen Pooper of Parties. Which of course is SUCH a far cry from who I really am. My actual birth title is actually Baroness Ruinstein von Gartenpartei. Of the Hapsburg Gartenparteis, of course.
posted by miss lynnster at 5:00 AM on December 21, 2007 [2 favorites]


I've seen that video. Not going to that page ever again. Watched the head of a German Shepherd licking its nose and with a look of extreme annoyance.

Don't need to telll me twice – I avoided the 'Two Girls, One Cup' video by reading the description. But one question: Is the dog head more 'Pushing Daisies' or more 'Frankenstein'?
posted by vhsiv at 5:01 AM on December 21, 2007


"Unfortunately for man's best friend, the Soviets weren't quite finished with their experiments. Not long after Bryukhonenko's work, Vladimir Demikhov decided that experimenting on one dog head just wasn't enough. Demikhov was already a famous scientist for his previous work on canine organ transplants; his research being integral in proving that organ transplants in humans were a realistic possibility. That's why, in 1954, he unveiled the world's first surgically created two-headed dog. This involved grafting the head of a puppy, and sometimes parts of its upper body, onto a fully-grown large-breed dog. Somehow managing to out-weird even Bryukhonenko's experiments, Demikhov has some convincing footage to support his scientific assertions."

Ughh... or 'Re-Animator'?
posted by vhsiv at 5:09 AM on December 21, 2007


I have not seen the film. I will not see the film. I will question why would people would watch the film, but only from a safe distance.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 5:24 AM on December 21, 2007


I would never watch it myself. I prefer my puppies whole and happy.
posted by miss lynnster at 5:32 AM on December 21, 2007


Jesus, this is creepy. I understand the long-term benefit of experiments of this kind, but knowing this happened in Real Life is indescribably unsettling. No likee-likee.
posted by Pecinpah at 5:55 AM on December 21, 2007


Like Bryukhonenko's, the Lazarus dogs were severely brain damaged, as well as blind. They lived for months afterwards with Cornish, their shambling and struggling supposedly frightening all the other dogs in the house.

Yet again proving the utility of canine companions in the post-zompocalypse landscape as suggested by Max Brooks in WWZ.

Wonderfully eerie. Thanks.
posted by butterstick at 5:57 AM on December 21, 2007 [1 favorite]


Meh. Call me when someone comes up with a monkey with four asses.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 6:07 AM on December 21, 2007


In true revolutionary fashion, Bryukhonenko's early experiments focused on liberating canine organs and appendages from the oppressive shackles of their privileged bourgeois bodies.

Mahahaha.

Anyway, I'm pretty floored that they were doing this stuff in and around the 30s.

The video isn't that hard to watch. It's not gory. The only thing hard about it is imagining the inhumane treatment that the dogs suffered. I hope they weren't still in pain after they were killed. That would be a little weird.
posted by Alex404 at 6:10 AM on December 21, 2007


Put ze cendle BECK!
posted by briank at 6:44 AM on December 21, 2007 [1 favorite]


Triple. Sorta. But totally worthy of freaking out Mefites yet again.
posted by TungstenChef at 6:52 AM on December 21, 2007


It could be worse.

It could be raining.
posted by JaredSeth at 7:03 AM on December 21, 2007


Hi, is the thread for Young Frankenstein quotes?

Oh, good.

Would you like a roll in der hay?
Abbie somebody.
He vas my BOYFRIEND!
Oh, a wed wose.
PUTIN ON DA RIZZZZZ!!!!!!
posted by yhbc at 8:05 AM on December 21, 2007 [1 favorite]


You made a "yummy" sound.

"mmmmmMMMMM!!!"
posted by LionIndex at 8:11 AM on December 21, 2007


BLUCHER!
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 8:35 AM on December 21, 2007


I head about this in one of Mary Roaches books (Stiff, i think), always wanted to dig up more. Thanks!
posted by Artw at 9:21 AM on December 21, 2007


Triple. Sorta. But totally worthy of freaking out Mefites yet again.

Oh RIGHT. That's why I remembered it. It was the Mormon elephant thread.
posted by miss lynnster at 9:24 AM on December 21, 2007


in a quandary about what to gift the man who has everything this holiday season? consider the head of a dachshund mounted on a canine life-support module! all the benefits of a watchdog with some additional benefits not found in old-fashioned entire dogs! portability, less food requirements, controlled movement and excretion! man's best friend 2.0 is ready for you to take home!
posted by bruce at 9:29 AM on December 21, 2007


P.S. - Wait. Where are you going? I was going to make Espresso.
posted by miss lynnster at 9:31 AM on December 21, 2007


whoa, this is bizarre and disturbing. Wonder if it will develop into a workable medical procedure? Cool post, thanks Brandon.
posted by nickyskye at 9:31 AM on December 21, 2007


DO NOT BRING DACHSHUNDS INTO THIS MENTAL PICTURE PLEASE.

*gives dachshund mutt a hug*
posted by miss lynnster at 9:32 AM on December 21, 2007


Mildly ghoulish?
posted by tkchrist at 9:32 AM on December 21, 2007


I got the general impression from the book that it was all a bit of a stunt and never really worked all that well.

The dog heads in the film look creepily alive though.
posted by Artw at 9:34 AM on December 21, 2007


Mildly ghoulish?

Well, no ones grafting the dogheads onto orphans.
posted by Artw at 9:34 AM on December 21, 2007


that's ok miss lynnster, man's best friend 2.0 also comes in schnauzer and yellow lab, with a new dalmation line in the works for living spaces coordinated in black and white!
posted by bruce at 9:37 AM on December 21, 2007


picture of mounted dachshund head (sfw)
posted by bruce at 9:49 AM on December 21, 2007


Well, no ones grafting the dogheads onto orphans.

How many orphan children with living, angry dog heads grafted all over them could an adult man take down?
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 10:26 AM on December 21, 2007 [1 favorite]


My strategy would be to throw sticks at them, and hope the internal preasures of dogheads pulling against each other causes the whole thing to explode. I'm pretty sure something like that worked in the radio version of the Quatermass experiment.
posted by Artw at 10:33 AM on December 21, 2007 [1 favorite]


For dog 2.0, the heads will be interchangable.

*gives dachshund mutt a hug*

We can make him better, stronger, faster and in different colors.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 10:56 AM on December 21, 2007


I like her just the way she is. Overly long torso and all. :)
posted by miss lynnster at 11:24 AM on December 21, 2007


Oh, damn it. Here I was firmly convinced that all video game monsters are essentially mythical, and someone has to go and bring this to life. My dreams will never be the same.
posted by sonic meat machine at 11:40 AM on December 21, 2007


Making this into a story about zombies or some macabre mad scientist is foolish. If you've ever known anyone whose life was saved by a coronary bypass operation, you've known someone whose life was saved by the technologies that these inventors were trying to perfect. Premature babies are another group of people whose lives are helped by extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation, another manifestation of the same technology.

The technology is still far from perfect - long periods on bypass cause brain damage - and research is still ongoing.

But why talk about that? I mean, ZOMBIE DOGS, that's exciting!
posted by ikkyu2 at 9:21 AM on December 23, 2007


YHBC: "Hi, is the thread for Young Frankenstein quotes? Oh, good."

Ooh! Ooh! I got one!

"Then one day I heard 'Reach for it, mister.' I spun around, and there I was face to face with a six year old kid. Well, I just threw my guns down and walked away. Little bastard shot me in the ass. So I limped to the nearest saloon, crawled inside a whiskey bottle, and I've been there ever since."

I love that movie!

...whut?

"Ex-cuse me while ah whip this out!"

LOL!
posted by ZachsMind at 10:42 AM on December 23, 2007


I just petted my own wee (well, not so wee, really) dachshund and got all sniffly.

MERRY FREAKING CHRISTMAS, MEFI. NOW I'M GOING TO BE THINKING ABOUT DOG HEAD-GRAFTING INSTEAD OF GETTING NOG-DRUNK.

Sigh.
posted by bitter-girl.com at 9:47 AM on December 24, 2007


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