Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet
S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University
of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.
Although conjoined twinning is an extremely rare condition, each new
case immediately captures the attention of millions. The world held its breath
when Iranian conjoined twins underwent a tragic separation in 2003. Laypersons,
philosophers, lawyers, and caregivers followed the litigation over the forced
separation of twins from Malta in 2000. In February 2004, a biheaded neonate
from the Dominican Republic underwent fatal surgery to remove an accessory
("parasitic") head with rudimentary brain functioning.
Barilan YM. Conjoined Twins. JAMA. 2004;291(22):2761-2762. doi:10.1001/jama.291.22.2761