Longest bout of yawning
Who
Dr Edward W Lee's patient
What
35 day(s)
Where
United States ()
When
1888

In 1888, Dr Edward W Lee reported on the case of a 15-year-old girl who yawned continuously for five weeks.

Dr Lee's account tells how the patient began yawning uncontrollably after having a tooth removed. Belladonna was eventually administered to halt the yawning but this in turn caused a fit of "violent" sneezing. The patient was then subdued with chloroform, which halted the sneezing temporarily, only for it to return more violently than before once the effect had worn off. Finally, the patient responded to regular small doses of ammonium bromide and "bed rest".