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    • ISBN:9781405516112
    • Publication date:08 Mar 2012

Why Is Yawning Contagious?

Everything you ever wanted to know about the human body and some things you'd rather not know

By Francesca Gould

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Amusing and instructive collection of bizarre and little-known facts about the human body

Everything you ever wanted to know about the human body - and some things you'd rather not...A wonderfully entertaining yet authoritative treasure trove of facts about our anatomy - it answers all the questions about our bodies we're usually too embarrassed to ask.· Why is yawning contagious? Some experts think that yawning may have developed as a means of communication. It may, for example, be a way of signalling to others that it's important to remain alert and stay awake in a certain situation. Another theory is that our early ancestors used it as part of their social behaviour, and as a way to help build a bond with the rest of the group.· Why are bogies green? When white blood cells meet germs, they make a large amount of an enzyme called myeloperoxidase, which is green because it contains a lot of iron. The colouration therefore comes from the iron.

Biographical Notes

Francesca Gould is a lecturer in anatomy and physiology, and has written a number of books on holistic therapy. She runs a training school in Bristol and teaches many courses.

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  • ISBN: 9780749951580
  • Publication date: 25 Oct 2007
  • Page count: 240
  • Imprint: Piatkus
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