Saturday, July 02, 2005

The Hensel twins

I have always found the concept of conjoined twins 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?


Blogger Storm Trooper said...

Where do they poo?

7/08/2005 6:00 AM  

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