Someone Else's Twin by Nancy L. Segal
The True Story of Babies Switched at Birth

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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.


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About Nancy L. Segal

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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, the senior editor of Uniting Psychology and Biology: Integrative Perspectives on Human Development.
 
Published July 19, 2011 by Prometheus Books. 301 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Parenting & Relationships, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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The author’s latest study took her to Spain’s Canary Islands to interview identical twins Alicia and Blanca, and Blanca’s biologically unrelated sister Carla.

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Publishers Weekly

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For more than two decades, psychologist and fraternal twin Segal (Entwined Lives) has studied twins reared together and apart to draw broad conclusions about human development.

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The Wall Street Journal

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She discusses some other cases of identical twins being switched at birth (there are only seven known instances) and classical studies of twins reared apart.

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The Wall Street Journal

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What happens, 28 years after an accidental maternity-ward switch, when identical sisters meet each other?

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City Book Review

The revelation – that one of the “twins” wasn’t even biologically related to her sister or parents, and that the real twin had been raised in a different family where she didn’t belong – created a firestorm in the media even as it tore apart the lives of those involved.

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Macleans

Even for twins who are raised apart, like George and Brent, or Begoña and Delia, Segal shows that the bond can run surprisingly deep.

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Portland Book Review

Segal is a preeminent twin researcher and is a twin herself so she has a special feeling for her subject, and she does interject her own first person perspective into this book frequently, both to empathize with her subjects, and to make comparisons between the reported experiences of identical t...

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Monsters and Critics

Segal, herself a twin and an expert on ...more Delia and Begona are identical twins born January 18, 1973 in Spain’s Canary Islands and due to a tragic mistake by hospital staff, Delia was switched with an unrelated baby.

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