TIL the first known (partly successful) separation of conjoined twins was in 10th century Byzantium

Read more: https://www.medievalists.net/2014/01/the-case-of-conjoined-twins-in-10th-century-byzantium/

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  1. The following paragraph is from the wiki (which the source article is linked in the OP)

    (from wiki, https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Byzantine_inventions)

    Separation of conjoined twins: The first known example of separating conjoined twins happened in the Byzantine Empire in the 10th century. A pair of conjoined twins lived in Constantinople for many years when one of them died, so the surgeons in Constantinople decided to remove the body of the dead one. The result was partly successful as the surviving twin lived three days before dying. The fact that the second person survived for few days after separating him was still being mentioned a century and a half later by historians. The next recorded case of separating conjoined twins was 1689 in Germany.

  2. Well, one was dead, and the other lived for three days… Successful!!!

    Sounds about as good as modern medicine here in the US.

    I would have just been dragging around my twins dead corpse, because without money, no one is removing it…

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