Sawbones: Conjoined Twins


This week on Sawbones, Justin and Dr. Sydnee explore the strange, sad and even occassionally lovely history of conjoined twins.

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Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers


Mütter Museum!

The Mütter Museum is pretty fantastic, if you're ever in Philadelphia. The conjoined livers of Chang and Eng are on display, as well as lots of other interesting pieces of medical history and medical oddities, many of which have been discussed on the show. Not to mention, Thomas Dent Mütter was an incredibly interesting, revolutionary doctor.

Stressed mamas and scarred babies

I was a little disappointed you dismissed that up until the 1900s people felt a traumatized mother would have scarred the baby.
The mothers cortisol can affect the genetics of a baby in the prenatal environment, it's not so much medical history but it's a cool detail!

Maverick from jersey


Hi Justin and Sydnee,

Great and interesting episode on conjoined twins. I'm surprised you didn't touch on human chimeras, where one person is composed of two genetically distinct types of cells (I would think this might be the case where two fraternal twins merge in utero). Perhaps you can touch on it on your next episode as a follow up to this episode.

Carlos, Boston, MA

Yeah! Chimeras

I wanted to suggest chimeras, too. Not something I know much about.

Lowell MA