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Books, Journals, New Media
June 9, 2004

Conjoined Twins

Author Affiliations

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.

JAMA. 2004;291(22):2761-2762. doi:10.1001/jama.291.22.2761

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.

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