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One of Us: Conjoined Twins and the Future of Normal

One of Us: Conjoined Twins and the Future of Normal

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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.

Author: Alice Domurat Dreger
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Published: 10/01/2005
Pages: 208
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.52lbs
Size: 7.86h x 5.12w x 0.58d
ISBN: 9780674018259

About the Author
Dreger, Alice Domurat: - Alice Domurat Dreger is an American historian of medicine and science and an award-winning writer.

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