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April 1946

A SURGICAL SPECIMEN CONSISTING OF A PARTIALLY DEVELOPED PARASITIC FETUS

Author Affiliations

GUAYMAS, SONORA, MEXICO
From the Colegio Mexicano Medicina y Cirugía.

Arch Surg. 1946;52(4):479-483. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1946.01230050486007

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Abstract

AMAN, in search of immediate medical attention, came to me as he wanted some doctor, the nearest doctor, to attend his deformed offspring, a son, who was suffering from bronchopneumonia.

CLINICAL PICTURE  On examination of the child I discovered an amazing monstrosity—indeed the only one of its kind I have ever encountered—which had been under exhibition at a circus in a nearby town.He was a normal boy who had attached to his epigastrium a half-body (fig. 1) consisting of a normal-shaped abdomen with an atrophied arm at the upper part and well developed thighs, legs, feet and genital organs at the lower part.As interesting details, I must mention that this monstrosity was able to urinate, did not have an anus (fig. 2), presented only passive movements of adduction and abduction in his hip joints and had only four toes on each foot. Yet the development of this

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