Saturday, July 02, 2005

The Hensel twins

I have always found the concept of conjoined twins fascinating...in a bizarre sort of way. Among the rarest varieties are dicephalic conjoined twins (one body with 2 heads). They usually are stillborn or live for merely hours/days (sometimes months, rarely years); only four sets of dicephalic twins are historically accounted for as having survived.

A particularly interesting case is presented by the Hensel twins. This link provides an excerpt from an old "Life" magazine article (written when they were young children); as far as I know from cursory web searches, the girls are now about 15 or 16 years old, healthy, and cognitively functional (they are in fact quite bright)! Trippy, eh?

1 Comments:

Blogger Storm Trooper said...

Where do they poo?

7/08/2005 6:00 AM  

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