|Alternatively, it has been suggested that Mordrake might have suffered instead from a congenital defect known as or craniofacial duplication , in which facial features are duplicated to a greater or lesser extent on other areas of the head in the rarest cases, the full face is duplicated||There does exist a real medical condition, Craniopagus parasiticus, whose symptoms bear a very basic resemblance to those described in this case|
|It appears, in other words, that Hildreth simply made them up||For some unforgiven wickedness of my forefathers I am knit to this fiend — for a fiend it surely is|
Boese concludes — convincingly, we find — that Edward Mordrake was the literary creation of Charles Lotin Hildreth.6
|He never claimed the title, however, and committed suicide in his twenty-third year||Although somewhat more common than Craniopagus parasiticus with just under 50 instances documented since the mid-nineteenth century , Diprosopus has a similarly poor survival rate, with most cases ending in stillbirth|
|For another, it is heavy on melodrama e|
I beg and beseech you to crush it out of human semblance, even if I die for it.