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Conjoined Twins: Developmental Malformations and Clinical Implications

Although fertility drugs are increasing the incidence of twin births, conjoined twins remain rare at about 1 in 75,000 births. Nonetheless, they present a unique opportunity to learn about human development, as well as a challenge to medical professionals. In Conjoined Twins, Rowena Spencer, M.D., provides a comprehensive guide that thoroughly reviews the past century's literature on the subject and develops her theory of how these cases occur. After introductory chapters on history and embryology, the book presents a separate chapter for each of the eight main types of conjoined twins. Detailed descriptions of conjoined twins are accompanied by information valuable in planning surgical treatment, as well as extensive tables summarizing the available data on each type. Conjoined triplets and unusual conjoined twins receive attention in the final two chapters. Including line illustrations and photographs, this encyclopedic book about a complex subject will be a valuable reference for the many professionals who evaluate, treat, and study conjoined twins.
Conjoined Twins: Developmental Malformations and Clinical Implications
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Although fertility drugs are increasing the incidence of twin births, conjoined twins remain rare at about 1 in 75,000 births. Nonetheless, they present a unique opportunity to learn about human development, as well as a challenge to medical professionals. In this book, Rowena Spencer, provides a comprehensive guide that thoroughly reviews the 20th-century literature on the subject and develops her theory of how these cases occur. After introductory chapters on history and embryology, the book presents a separate chapter for each of the eight main types of conjoined twins. Detailed descriptions of conjoined twins are accompanied by information valuable in planning surgical treatment, as well as extensive tables summarizing the available data on each type. Conjoined triplets and unusual conjoined twins receive attention in the final two chapters. Including line illustrations and photographs, this encyclopaedic book about a complex subject should be a valuable reference for the many professionals who evaluate, treat and study conjoined twins.
Rowena Spencer, M.D., is a retired pediatric surgeon who devoted much of her professional career to surgical embryology.
Contents:PrefaceCHAPTER 1 - History CHAPTER 2 - Embryology CHAPTER 3 - Omphalopagus CHAPTER 4 - Thoracopagus CHAPTER 5 - Cephalopagus CHAPTER 6 - Ischiopagus CHAPTER 7 - Parapagus CHAPTER 8 - Craniopagus CHAPTER 9 - Rachipagus CHAPTER 10 - Pygopagus CHAPTER 11 - Conjoined Triplets and Beyond; Unusual Twins; also Caudal Duplication, Dimelia, and Viviparity versus Oviparity CHAPTER 12 - Parasitic Conjoined Twins, Fetuses in fetu, Acardiac Twins, and Teratomas References Index
An extraordinary achievement... accessible to any practitioner who encounters a set of conjoined twins. -- R. A. Wheeler Human Genetics It is the sheer volume of detail and the most complete reference material on this subject ever compiled that make this work definitive and will mark it as the single best reference source on conjoined twins for the foreseeable future. Doody's Book Review Service
Author
Rowena Spencer
Short Title
CONJOINED TWINS
Pages
496
Publisher
Johns Hopkins University Press
Language
English
ISBN-10
0801870704
ISBN-13
9780801870705
Media
Book
Format
Hardcover
Illustrations
Yes
Year
2003
Publication Date
2003-01-31
Imprint
Johns Hopkins University Press
Place of Publication
Baltimore, MD
Country of Publication
United States
DEWEY
618.25
Edition
1st
Audience Age
17
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