Why Doesn't My Funny Bone Make Me Laugh?: Sneezes, Hiccups, Butterflies, and Other Funny Feelings Explained

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Do you have a secret list of medical questions that you're too embarrassed to ask your doctor? Are there things about your body that you find mystifying? Do you thirst after knowledge about those little corporeal glitches that don't quite rate a trip to the hospital, but do seem a bit strange? Have you, in fact, wondered why your funny bone doesn't make you laugh? If you're like most people, the answer to all of these questions is yes, and it's time to consult Dr. Xenakis!
Here, in this one amazing volume, are answers to those puzzlers about the human body that were first asked by Adam and Eve. Is human skin waterproof, and if it is, why does it wrinkle in the bath? If yawns are contagious, then why doesn't a baby or animal yawning make us want to yawn back? Should we or shouldn't we blow our noses when we have a cold, and where does our sense of taste go when we get stuffed up? Can a good cry actually be good for us, and what does it mean when we cry from happiness? Why do our voices quiver when we're nervous?
Let's face it, we know next to nothing about the everyday workings of our own bodies. Now, for the first time, and in plain English, Dr. Alan Xenakis explains the sometimes funny, sometimes surprising, and always uncommon organic reasons for our most common bodily sensations. The doctor's in, so get ready to be amazed and delighted by the news he has for you.

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This informative and entertaining book is fun to dip into just about anywhere. Covering bodily sensations alphabetically from belching to yawning, Xenakis, an Emmy-winning public health educator, wittily explains the quirks and oddities of those "funny feelings" in plain terms. Subjects are covered very briefly (one to four pages), a length that seems too sketchy for some topics (one page for touch, for example). An optional purchase for popular health collections. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 12/92.
- Anne C. Tomlin, Auburn Memorial Hosp. Lib., N.Y.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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