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The invisible smile : living without facial expression

Author: Jonathan Cole; Henrietta Spalding
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"We are defined by our faces. They give identity but, equally importantly, reveal our moods and emotions through facial expression. So what happens when the face cannot move? This book is about people who live with Mobius Syndrome, which has as its main feature an absence of movement of the muscles of facial expression from birth. People with Mobius cannot smile, frown, or look surprised or sad. Talking and eating
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan Cole; Henrietta Spalding
ISBN: 9780198566397 0198566395
OCLC Number: 233546175
Description: ix, 233 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Someone home --
Balancing acts --
Cartesian children --
part of me --
The spectator --
Elastic between us --
Hear my smile --
'Doomed to express' --
Changing of the rules --
Every second of the day --
Not about anything --
Rusty old car --
The last 'why'.
Responsibility: Jonathan Cole with Henrietta Spalding.
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Moebius Syndrome is a rare condition that deprives its victims of something we all take for granted: the ability to express our emotions through facial expression. It is important to know more about Read more...

 
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