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Joined: The World of Siamese Twins

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 13 October 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:874
  1. Andrew Moscrop
  1. BMJ Clegg Scholar

    Channel 4, 3 and 10 October at 9pm

    Conjoined twins are hot media property. Following their birth in August last year, twins Jodie and Mary became major celebrities. The Guardian reported in June that the girls' parents were due to earn an estimated half a million pounds from the sale of their story. In a two part series, Channel 4 offered its viewers a more affordable, but less enthralling, alternative.

    Joined: The World of Siamese Twins followed Allison and David Lawler through the pregnancy and birth of their conjoined twin daughters. Radio Times billed this as “a moving look at the medical and moral challenges presented by the birth of conjoined twins.” The Sunday Times “critic's choice” described how the Lawlers “could soon face a daunting dilemma: whether or not to agree to the surgical separation of the twin girls.”

    However, allusions to the sort of issues that arose in the case of Jodie and Mary were wholly misplaced. Though Allison's pregnancy ran …

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