Medicine: Gut-Joined Twins

Obstetricians at Mercy Hospital, Baltimore last week were at first vexed by the labor of delivering twins from Mrs. Albert Forster, wife of a railroad brakeman. Then they were dumbfounded by the discovery that the twins were a monster joined abdominally by a tube more than a foot long. Finally the doctors were delighted: the twins lived after being cut apart.

The Forster twins are females in appearance. Both lack anal openings, which is an early embryonic condition. Like young animal embryos and full grown birds, each has a single opening, or cloaca,...

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