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Brain-Case  
  A device designed to transport a living human (or alien, if similar) brain.  

He bent quickly over the dead body of Doctor Alph once more, flashed his ring-light on the shattered skull of the Venusian scientist...

There was no brain in the broken skull of Doctor Alph! The scientist's brain had been carefully removed by cunning surgery...

Rab Crane was aghast. He knew that in these days the removal of a living brain from a man's body, and keeping it living in special serum, was child's play to anyone versed in surgery...

Whoever had taken Doctor Alph's brain had come here intending to steal it, and had brought a special serum-case for its transportation!

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On that table stood the thing he had risked his life to trail - a black metal case eighteen inches square. It had recording-dials in its face, a tiny microphone earphone, and the round diaphragm of a small loud-speaker. And inside that innocent-looking case, in its preserving serum, still lived the brain of Doctor Alph!

From Murder in the Void, by Edmond Hamilton.
Published by Thrilling Wonder Stories in 1938
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Compare to the protophason amplifier from Ubik (1969) by Philip K. Dick.

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