In Reply We agree with Mr Kelmenson and Dr Wilets that evaluating the ethics of Neubauer’s twin’s study involves many complex factors. As we stressed in our article, the complex ethical issues provide valuable lessons for the present and the future.1
We question several of the authors’ comments. They state that our article maintained that separation of twins to be adopted was “characteristic of the era’s thinking.” In fact, we stated that a significant number of professionals and foster parents believed that it would be better for twins to be separated. In other words, this was a “line of thinking among child development specialists.” We did not intend to imply that all professionals subcribed to that perspective.
Hoffman L, Oppenheim L. Historical Practice of Separating Twins at Birth—Reply. JAMA. 2019;322(18):1827–1828. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.2019.14408
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