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January 2005

One of Us: Conjoined Twins and the Future of Normal

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by Alice Domurat Dreger, PhD, 198 pp, $22.95, ISBN 0-674-01294-1, Cambridge, Mass, Harvard University Press, 2004.


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Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2005;159(1):92-93. doi:10.1001/archpedi.159.1.92

“To what extent are conjoined twins abnormal?”

This astonishing question leads the reader into a fascinating and provocative examination of how our preconceived notions of normalcy can lead to questionable decisions concerning patient care. The author is a historian of medicine who is best known for her effective advocacy on behalf of patients with intersex issues. Her books on the topic1,2 document many tragic examples of inappropriate management decisions concerning infants born with ambiguous genitalia.

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