The Boy With Two Heads

A curious case from medical history

Ben Kageyama
4 min readNov 6, 2020

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Arthur William Devis’s Drawing of the Two-Headed Boy from Bengal (1787), Wikimedia Commons

InIn May of 1783, the “Two-Headed Boy of Bengal” was born into a family of peasants. The midwife assisting the boy’s mother was horrified with his appearance and immediately chucked the newborn into a fire. Fortunately, he suffered only a few burns and managed to survive.

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