Polycephaly - Who Ever Said 'Two Heads' Are Better Than One?

One torso, two legs, four arms, two heads.  Two distinct persons.

Giacomo and Giovanni Battista Tocci, two brothers, circus freaks, twins in a sense, originating from one egg, as identical twins are supposed to do, but in this case something went hay-wire and they both started to develop in the womb using the same torso. The medical term for what happened to them is called 'Polycephaly'

Giacomo and Giovanni Battista Tocci

There are two types of polycephaly,  In one set, the heads are sitting on one pair of shoulders side by side called, Dicephalus parapagus, then there is another where the heads are joined together directly called, Craniopagus parasiticus where one head is attached to the other head only.

Most of these babies die, at or soon after childbirth but on rare occasions they do survive... 

The Tocci brothers are a perfect example. They were born sometime between 1875 and 1877, no exact date was recorded but they lived to adulthood.

Craniopagus parasiticus is really rare. Two heads growing from each other. One a parasite, surviving off the other who maintains the torso, the heart and other organs. Even rarer than that are humans born with one head and two faces, that's known as Diprosopus.

Two faces; Diprosopus
Often when born, parents unknowingly give these babies one name, since they often have just one heart. Two faces just aren't good enough, to be called two persons, you need two hearts! 

But there were two, two girls who grew up to be adults, Abigail and Brittany Hensel, their heads side by side, each had their own name and identified themselves as two people, same with the Tocci twins.

Abigail and Brittany Hensel

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