The strange story of the man with two faces


In 1824, a French doctor named François Duverney performed an autopsy on a man who had died in a Paris hospital. Duverney was puzzled by what he found: the man seemed to have two faces.

The deceased was a 49-year-old man named Joseph Villete. He had been born with a condition called polycephalus, which caused him to have multiple faces. In Villete’s case, he had two faces, each with its own set of eyes, nose, and mouth.

Doctors believe that Villete’s condition was the result of a rare birth defect. It’s possible that Villete’s mother had eaten something that caused the condition, such as a poisonous plant. Villete’s condition was so rare that there are only about 50 other known cases in medical history.

Villete’s two faces were not connected. Each had its own brain, and the two brains were not connected. Villete could not see out of both sets of eyes at the same time, but he could move each face independently.

Villete’s case was well-documented in the medical literature of the time. Duverney’s autopsy report was published in a French medical journal, and Villete’s case was also mentioned in a book on rare medical conditions.

Villete’s story became famous, and he was even featured in a sideshow at a Parisian fair. Villete was known as “the man with two faces.”

Villete lived for 25 years after his condition was first diagnosed. He died in 1849, at the age of 74.

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