It has long been a matter of common belief that twins enjoy a close and mysterious bond...a bond bordering on the supernatural.—Oatman1
This paper describes the extraordinary circumstances attending the unexpected simultaneous deaths of 32-year-old schizophrenic twins. In our reference to the literature we could find no record of a similar occurrence.
Family History.—The patients were twin girls born in North Carolina in August, 1930. There was no positive family history of mental illness. Personal History.—Birth and Early Development: Patients were twins (probably identical) in the birth of triplets. The third triplet was a boy who died shortly after birth. Delivery was normal. Nothing grossly abnormal was noted in their early development.Education and Occupations: Both twins began school at age 6 years and completed high school at age 19 years. In formal intelligence testing they scored almost identical
WILSON IC, REECE JC. Simultaneous Death in Schizophrenic Twins. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1964;11(4):377–384. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1964.01720280023004
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