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The conjoined twins of Kano.

Speed, Frank.

About this work


TThis excellent film shows in detail how surgeons approached a case of conjoined twins in the 1950s. There is an explanation of how the twins are joined physically with clinical observations. These observations are further investigated via x-rays. One of the babies were given a barium meal in order to establish whether there was any transferral. Gall bladders were also believed to be separate. Other organs were considered to be normal. The twins are anaesthetised; towels were wrapped around the babies (learnt from a film from Canada). Surgical separation (with commentary) is performed. Both babies were transferred to a single oxygenair then later transferred to one each. An hour after surgery one twin (Tomutanye) suddenly died. A post mortem was inconclusive although the adrenal gland was rather small in the deceased twin (shown diagrammatically). Mother and surviving baby are shown to be well; the cost of their trip from Nigeria to London and back was covered by the United Africa Company and an anonymous donor paid the cost of care at the Hammersmith Hospital, London.



Physical description

1 film reel (35.58 min.) : sound, colour, 16mm

Copyright note



This film won a certificate of merit at the BMA Film Competition 1957 in the Commercial Category.
There are clicks and pops on the audio sound track.

Creator/production credits

Postgraduate Medical School, UCL. The medical diagrams were created by Frank Speed (uncredited).



  • English

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