In the 1960s, the head of a NYC Child Development Center and a psychiatrist from Columbia University tracked the development of twins and triplets relinquished for adoption and deliberately given to different families. The adoptive parents were never told they were raising one twin — the investigators insisted that the separation be kept secret. Segal reveals the inside stories of the agency that separated the twins, and the psychiatrists who observed them. This study was hardly known until the release of two recent films, Three Identical Strangers and The Twinning Reaction, that left viewers shocked, angered, saddened, and wanting to know more. Through records, letters, and interviews with the colleagues, friends, and family members of the agency’s consultant and study’s investigators, as well as journalists, ethicists, attorneys, and — most importantly — the twins and their families, Segal tells disturbing truth about the study. The spellbinding stories of the twins’ separation, loss, and reunion offer readers details that, until now, have been lost to the archives of history.
Deliberately Divided: Inside the Controversial Study of Twins and Triplets Adopted Apart
- From the Publisher
September 1, 2021
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