One of Us: Conjoined Twins and the Future of Normal

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Harvard University Press, 2005 - Science - 198 pages
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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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The book has an axe to grind, that is true, but the subject matter is grotesquely interesting. The (lengthy) introduction promises it's going to be more of an examination of all freaks, but it really ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
The Limits of Individuality
17
Split Decisions
51
What Sacrifice
83
Freeing the Irish Giant
113
The Future of Anatomy
142
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Alice Domurat Dreger is an American historian of medicine and science and an award-winning writer.

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