July 1964

The Genain Quadruplets.

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By David Rosenthal, ed. Price, $12.50. Pp 579, with 52 illustrations, Basic Books, Inc., 404 Park Ave South, New York, NY 10016. 1964.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1964;11(1):102-103. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1964.01720250104015

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A truly enticing book! Precision characteristic of science and character portrayals more fantastic and vivid than may be expected from fiction are interwoven between its covers. An overwhelming tragedy, alleviated only by the hope that "something may be learned from it," describes its contents.

The aim of the research reported therein was to study the etiology of schizophrenia—particularly to investigate the genetic and environmental components. Identical female quadruplets who constituted an attractive dance team during their childhood; and who later collapsed into a catatonic type of schizophrenia were the impetus for the study. Estimates by the editor reveal that such patients are expected to occur by chance only once in every one and one-half billion births. Further comments attesting to the uniqueness of the project are unnecessary.

Following a short preface and introduction, the book is divided into six main parts: "Case History," "Test and Studies," "Projective Evaluations,"

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