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When two human ova fail to fully separate during pregnancy, the result is conjoined twins. The twins may be connected by ligament, bone, or just flesh, and they often share organs, but what captures most people's interest is whether the twins share sensations, thoughts and even souls. This encyclopedia presents entries on conjoined twins throughout history, the biological ...more
Paperback, 198 pages
Published August 2nd 2006 by McFarland & Company (first published July 1st 2003)
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With all the unsuccessful attempts to separate conjoined or “Siamese” twins in the news, this is a much-needed reference, collecting up all the historic accounts of conjoined twin and explaining the complicated Latin medical terms used to describe how and where they were joined.

While I am much more interested in death than “freaks,” I found this book very enjoyable reading. At first the encyclopedia format seemed a bit intimidating, but once I got started poking around, one entry led naturally t
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Chris Quigley has been reviewing morbid books since receiving an MA in 2007 from Georgetown University, where she has worked since 1986. As of June 2009, she is on long-term disability leave. She delivered the keynote address at the first Museum of Funeral Customs symposium (Springfield, Illinois), consulted with the producers of the National Geographic Channel’s Mummy Road Show, and authored five ...more

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