Millie and Christine McKay

Fig. 3848 Pygopagus Symmetros (Pancoast) from: Fisher, George Jackson. “Teratology,” A Reference Handbook of the Medical Sciences. New York: William Wood, 1889, vol. 7, p. 17. Courtesy National Library of Medicine (NLM UI 31830700R).

Fig. 3848 Pygopagus Symmetros (Pancoast) from: Fisher, George Jackson. “Teratology,” A Reference Handbook of the Medical Sciences. New York: William Wood, 1889, vol. 7, p. 17. Courtesy National Library of Medicine (NLM UI 31830700R).

 

“In 1871 while touring in Philadelphia, with Chang-Eng Bunker, Millie-Christine were sent to Dr. William Pancoast to be treated for an anal fistula. He published details of his examination, including photographs and sketches of their conjoined tissues in the Photographic Review of Medicine and Surgery. His examination confirmed what other physicians had already determined: Millie-Christine shared one vulva and one anus, but had separate urethras and bladders; the labia majora although connected to two clitorises, ran continuous across the vulva and protected but one vagina and one uterus. He characterized the band of their union as containing mostly cartilage with shared osseous tissue at the sacrum….”

From ‘Monsters’ to Modern Medical Miracles – Marvels on Exhibit (15th through 18th-centuries) | U.S. National Library of Medicine

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