have been called anomalies, monsters, angels, and medical marvels. At their
birth, the community has rushed to abandon, gaze at, or repair their fragile
bodies. Congenital abnormalities are physical defects present on a fetus
or infant. Infants with congenital abnormalities have been born into every
society and culture, from prehistoric tribes to our contemporary world. The
physical conditions remain the same from one century to the next, but the
interpretations and responses of the society are remarkably different.