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Accidental brothers : the story of twins exchanged at birth and the power of nature and nurture
Format:
Book
Title:
Accidental brothers : the story of twins exchanged at birth and the power of nature and nurture
ISBN:
9781250101907
Edition:
First edition.
Publication:
New York : St. Martin's Press, [2018]
Physical Description:
xvii, 325 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
Contents:
A dubious double ; brothers from La Paz -- Familiar strangers : brothers from Bogota -- Miles of memories : twins past and present -- The friends' investigate : mysteries deepen -- Revelations :telling their families -- Finding the Colombian four : twins and other curious pairs -- Discoveries : twins' physical and behavioral traits -- Another world : La Paz and beyond -- Different versions of the same song -- "Twinbred" cultures : personality profiles and twin relations -- Twins, pairs and pedigrees -- Band of brothers : circle game.
Summary:
Accidental Brothers tells the unique story of two sets of identical Colombian twin brothers who discovered at age 25 that they were mistakenly raised as fraternal twins--when they were not even biological brothers. Due to an oversight that presumably occurred in the hospital nursery, one twin in each pair was switched with a twin in the other pair. The result was two sets of unrelated "fraternal" twins--Jorge and Carlos, who were raised in the lively city of Bogotá; and William and Wilber, who were raised in the remote rural village of La Paz, 150 miles away. Their parents and siblings were aware of the enormous physical and behavioral differences between the members of each set, but never doubted that the two belonged in their biological families. Everyone's life unraveled when one of the twins--William--was mistaken by a young woman for his real identical twin, Jorge. Her "discovery" led to the truth--that the alleged twins were not twins at all, but rather unrelated individuals who ended up with the wrong families. Blending great science and human interest, Accidental Brothers by Nancy L. Segal and Yesika S. Montoya will inform and entertain anyone interested in how twin studies illuminate the origins of human behavior, as well as mother-infant identification and the chance events that can have profound consequences on our lives. -- Dust jacket.

Columbia, 1988.
Subject(s):
Twins -- Psychology -- Research.

Nature and nurture -- Research.
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