The Science of the Beast: The Facts Behind the Fangs

The Science of the Beast: The Facts Behind the Fangs

by Kim Etingoff

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Children's Literature - Della A. Yannuzzi
The mythical creatures of vampires and werewolves never seem to lose their popularity. Etingoff's book looks at the facts, myths, and legends surrounding these scary monsters. Do they really exist as some people think, or are they invented legends based on normal real world events? Are they figments of one's imagination when one is frightened by a noise, a scary film, or a moment of panic? Scientific information is offered for such irrational fear. For example, there is scientific proof that fear can be learned. Two scientists conducted an experiment on a baby white rat that eventually learned to fear other white rats. Yet, in some parts of the world, scary creatures are part of a culture, perhaps based on medical mysteries, or folklore passed down through generations. The reality is that vampires bats exist, but they won't turn you into a vampire, although their bite can cause serious illness. Diseases can also become associated with vampirism. Porphyria is an illness that causes sensitivity to light and scarring of the tissue. It can also cause teeth to appear larger and red. Did rumors of vampires begin when people came down with this illness? This book is well-researched, offering information about a subject that many children may fear or be interested in, but will shed light on misinformation about these frightening creatures. Back material includes a glossary, Internet sites, further reading, and a bibliography. Photographs are included. Reviewer: Della A. Yannuzzi

Product Details

Mason Crest Publishers
Publication date:
The Making of a Monster Series: Vampires and Werewolves
Product dimensions:
7.26(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.15(d)
1100L (what's this?)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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