Medicine: Historic Separation

Two little girls named Nancy and Ellen, who live in a Cleveland suburb, had their first birthday last week and thereby set a medical milestone: they are the first Siamese twins known to have survived so long after an operation to separate them. This is mainly because, unlike such famous Siamese twins as Chang and Eng and the Brodie brothers, they were joined by nothing more than skin and gristle.

Obstetrician Hyatt Reitman of Cleve land's Mount Sinai Hospital had no rea son to anticipate that their mother, aged 27, was going to bear joined twins. X rays had shown that they...

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