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One of Us: Conjoined Twins and the Future of Normal / Edition 1

One of Us: Conjoined Twins and the Future of Normal / Edition 1

by Alice Domurat Dreger
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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.

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ISBN-13: 9780674018259
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 10/31/2005
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 361,903
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

Alice Domurat Dreger is an American historian of medicine and science and an award-winning writer.

Table of Contents

1The Limits of Individuality17
2Split Decisions51
3What Sacrifice83
4Freeing the Irish Giant113
5The Future of Anatomy142

What People are Saying About This

Are we singletons simpletons? It may be so. The evidence Alice Dreger marshalls in this impressively argued, immensely readable book, suggests that conjoined twins are often perfectlyat home in their shared skin, a fact that stretches, if anything, only our assumptions about their double lives. In articulating the rights of the individual in the most intimate of corporations, Dreger makes a persuasive argument for changing society rather than people. Given the recent deaths of the Bijani sisters following separation surgery, Dreger's contribution to the debate has become even more important.

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