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The Lives of Chang and EngSiam's Twins in Nineteenth-Century America$
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Joseph Andrew Orser

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781469618302

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469618326.001.0001

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Over Their Dead Bodies

Over Their Dead Bodies

(p.174) Chapter Six Over Their Dead Bodies
The Lives of Chang and Eng

Joseph Andrew Orser

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter explores how conjoined twins Chang and Eng Bunker, more famously known as the “Siamese twins,” continued to be seen as monsters even after their deaths. Chang died on January 17, 1874, at the age of sixty-two, followed by Eng a little more than two hours later. The chapter examines the reactions of the public, the medical community, and the popular press to the twins' deaths, and how their families tried to fight for their image. It also considers the controversy surrounding the autopsy and postmortem examination of the twins' bodies.

Keywords:   conjoined twins, Chang and Eng Bunker, Siamese twins, monsters, deaths, medical community, autopsy, postmortem examination, popular press, Chang and Eng

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