In Chang and Eng’s era, they were truly considered bizarre and kept as medical oddities for demonstration to other doctors and even at circuses and side shows. Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! documents them in excruciating detail, trading on the shock value of the outlandish medical stories produced by the annals of scholarly journals and publications.
People have always been intrigued, shocked, or frightened by medical and scientific anomalies. I think there has been great progress made today in normalizing many things that were once considered tragedies. I look forward to the day when all human dignity is recognized and respected without treating people as animals in the zoo.
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