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Twinning is rare in humans, and conjoined twins are rarer. One type of conjoined twins is 'parasitic twins', also referred to as 'heteropagus twins'. This kind of birth anomaly presents asymmetrically joined twins, one of which will usually be intensely deformed and depend parasitically on the other, the near-normal one. We present here the report 'An account of a monster of the human species' written from Fort St. George, Madras and published in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royaldoi:10.16943/ijhs/2019/v54i3/49742 fatcat:64b7pnvjgzaxzcimdrwfymsu2a