Biology Question #3665

Mike, a 20 year old male from the Internet asks on October 20, 2006,

I have a question which is a bit strange but in all honesty i don't know and i was hoping you could help me. There are many films out where someone in the film gets their head cut off, people confuse me to whether the next part is true, Would you still be alive for a few seconds? A lot of people i ask say they have heard that you can feel your head hit the floor and can still be alive for 3 seconds. My own view on this is this is not possible as the brain requires communication with the heart to survive and i thought you would be dead the minute the contact is severed.

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The answer

Barry Shell answered on October 22, 2006

Scientifically, the answer is nobody knows, since no good controlled experiments have been done. One of the best sources for an answer to your question is part of the Wikipedia entry on guillotines.

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