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Image Description: From Thomas Bartholin, Historiarum anatomicarum rariorum centuria I et II. Amsterdam, 1654. (jah)

The famous Italian twins, Lazzaro Colloredo and his parasitic brother Giovanni Battista, were born in 1617 joined at the chest. Giovanni Battista's upper body was fully formed, but lacked vital organs and simply dangled from his brother's body. When not exhibiting himself, Lazzaro kept his brother hidden under a heavy cloak. In order to make a living the brothers toured Europe, and were favourites at the English court of the Charles I. They died around 1650.

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