Born Together explores the fascinating and rare phenomenon of conjoined twins in both humans and animals.
Have you ever wondered if conjoined twins could be diagnosed before birth, or just how, in fact, they are born?
Do you know where you can visit conjoined animals in the UK?
There are also the complex ethical issues involved in treating and caring for conjoined twins and this poses the question of whether it would be justified to sacrifice the life of one to save the other?
Born Together reviews many questions like these with examples from history. With accessible language and illustrations, this book is ideally written for those interested in popular science and psychology.
Michael L Cox was born and raised in Bristol and went on to qualify as a doctor at the University of Bristol. He met his wife as a medical student, and they went on to work at mission hospitals in Nigeria for seven years, which included the year of Nigerian Independence (1960) when Princess Alexandra, representing the Queen, visited the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Umuahia where Michael showed her around. Three of his children were born at that hospital.
He eventually returned to England to specialise in obstetrics and gynaecology and continued his work at the George Eliot Hospital, Nuneaton until his retirement. At this hospital, conjoined twins were born under his care which stimulated interest and has resulted in this book, Born Together. He was also a founding member of the FSRH (Faculty of Sexual Reproductive Healthcare) and served on its council, started an IUCD (Intrauterine Contraceptive Device) clinic in Nuneaton and Vasectomy clinics in Leicestershire, on behalf of the Family Planning Association. He is still based in Nuneaton, Warwickshire and enjoys spending his time researching and writing.