Medicine: Irina & Galina

From Moscow last week came a dispatch that a two-headed, four-armed, single-bodied human female born last November still lives. Named Irina & Galina, on the principle that the heads have separate personalities, the dicephalous infant is reported to smile and to respond to her names. Irina & Galina is also noteworthy in that, unlike most monsters, she has a definite usefulness.

Some physiologists believe that sleep is the result of chemical changes in the blood. Professor Alexei Dmitrievich Speransky who has Irina & Galina in charge and reported on her to the...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!