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What causes fainting? Scientists finally have an answer

A painting of a young woman in Georgian clothing fainting in a theatre box, surrounded by anxious people.

The Effect of Melodrama (1830) by Louis Leopold Boilly. The precise mechanisms that control how and why people faint have long puzzled scientists. Credit: Leemage/Corbis via Getty

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