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The Birth of a Monstrous Child Throughout History: The Example of Anencephaly Between the Egyptian New Empire an the 21st Century

Jean-Louis Fischer, Jacques Patrick Barbet

Abstract


Anencephaly is of special interest for the historical study of human behaviour after the birth of a monstrous child. Examples of anencephalic human births from Egyptian Antiquity to the present time allow us to create a history of teratology, revealing hiatuses in the medical and scientific interpretation of monstrosity that contrast to a relative continuity in the imaginary processes that accompany the birth of a monstrous child.


Key words: Anencephaly History Monster


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