One of Us Conjoined Twins and the Future of Normal

ISBN-10: 0674018257
ISBN-13: 9780674018259
Edition: 2004
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Book details

List price: $22.50
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 10/31/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Must children born with socially challenging anatomies have their bodies changed because others cannot be expected to change their minds? "One of Us views conjoined twinning and other "abnormalities" from the point of view of people living with such anatomies, and considers these issues within the larger historical context of anatomical politics. Anatomy matters, Alice Domurat Dreger tells us, because the senses we possess, the muscles we control, and the resources we require to keep our bodies alive limit and guide what we experience in any given context. Her deeply thought-provoking and compassionate work exposes the breadth and depth of that context--the extent of the social frame upon which we construct the "normal." In doing so, the book calls into question assumptions about anatomy and normality, and transforms our understanding of how we are all intricately and inextricably joined.

Alice Domurat Dreger is Visiting Associate Professor in Medical Humanities and Bioethics in the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University and Director of Medical Education at the Intersex Society of North America.

Introduction
The Limits of Individuality
Split Decisions
What Sacrifice
Freeing the Irish Giant
The Future of Anatomy
Notes
Acknowledgments
Credits
Index
Illustrations
Eng and Chang Bunker as young men
The Bunker twins with two of their sons
Types of conjoinment
Laloo and his parasitic twin
Abigail and Brittany Hensel at play in the family home
Chang and Eng Bunker engaged in various pursuits
Lin and Win Htut before separation
Cover of AORN Journal, January 1982
The Two-Headed Boy of Bengal
Charles Byrne with two other giants and several people with dwarfism
Advertising pamphlet for Millie
Crouching Figure with Visible Skeleton

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