Someone Else's Twin
The True Story of Babies Switched at Birth
By Nancy L. Segal
(Prometheus Books, Hardcover, 9781616144371, 301pp.)
Publication Date: August 23, 2011
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The combination of a riveting true story and cutting-edge twin research makes this book an irresistible page-turner.
Identical twins Begoña and Delia were born thirty-eight years ago in Spain’s Canary Islands. Due to chaotic conditions at the hospital or simple human error, the unthinkable happened: Delia was unintentionally switched with another infant in the baby nursery. This fascinating story describes in vivid detail the consequences of this unintentional separation of identical twin sisters. The author considers not only the effects on these particular sisters, but the important implications of this and similar cases for questions concerning identity, familial bonds, nature-nurture, and the law.
Nancy L. Segal, PhD, is a professor in the department of psychology at California State University, Fullerton, and the director of the Twin Studies Center, which she founded in 1991. She is the author of Indivisible by Two: Lives of Extraordinary Twins; Entwined Lives: Twins and What They Tell Us about Human Behavior; and Born Together–Reared Apart: The Landmark Minnesota Twin Study. She is also the senior editor of Uniting Psychology and Biology: Integrative Perspectives on Human Development.
A pair of identical twins lived apart for 28 years after one of them was accidentally switched with another infant in the hospital nursery. Twin expert Nancy Segal details what happened next in Someone Else's Twin: The True Story of Babies Switched at Birth. More at NPR.org
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