The Two-headed Boy, and Other Medical Marvels. Jan Bondson.

The Two-headed Boy, and Other Medical Marvels

Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2000.

First Edition. Hardcover. First Edition with full number line indicating first printing. 9 1/4" X 6 1/4". xxii, 295pp. Very mild shelf wear to covers, corners, and edges of unclipped dust jacket. Red cloth over boards with spine lettered in gilt. Pages are clean and unmarked. Binding is firm and sound.

The Two Inseparable Brothers, and a Preface
The Hairy Maid at the Harpsichord
The Stone-child
The Woman Who Laid an Egg
The Strangest Miracle in the World
Some Words about Hog-faced Gentlewomen
Horned Humans
The Biddenden Maids
The Tocci Brothers, and Other Dicephali
The King of Poland's Court Dwarf
Daniel Cajanus, the Swedish Giant
Daniel Lambert, the Human Colossus
Cat-eating Englishmen and French Frog-swallowers

A successor to his popular book A Cabinet of Medical Curiosities, this new collection of essays by Jan Bondeson illustrates various anomalies of human development, the lives of the remarkable individuals concerned, and social reactions to their extraordinary bodies.

Bondeson examines historical cases of dwarfism, extreme corpulence, giantism, conjoined twins, dicephaly, and extreme hairiness; his broader theme, however, is the infinite range of human experience. The dicephalous Tocci brothers and Lazarus Colloredo (from whose belly grew his malformed conjoined twin), the Swedish giant, and the king of Poland's dwarf Bondeson considers these individuals not as "freaks" but as human beings born with sometimes appalling congenital deformities. He makes full use of original French, German, Dutch, Polish, and Scandinavian sources and explores elements of ethnology, literature, and cultural history in his diagnoses.

Heavily illustrated with woodcuts, engravings, oil paintings, and photographs, The Two-Headed Boy and Other Medical Marvels combines a scientist's scrutiny with a humanist's wonder at the endurance of the human spirit.(Publisher). Very good + / Very good +. Item #7168
ISBN: 0801437679

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