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BREATH, med. juris. The air expelled from the chest at each expiration.
     2. Breathing, though a usual sign of life, is not conclusive that a child was wholly born alive, as breathing may take place before the whole delivery of the mother is complete. 5 Carr. & Payn, 329; S. C. 24 E. C. L. R. 344. Vide Birth; Life; Infanticide.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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It's called apnoea and it's because a baby's breathing mechanism isn't mature at birth so very fast breaths follow a period without a breath.
The text ends with four appendices: Appendix I--International Phonetic Alphabet, with consonant formation guidelines; Appendix II--Hands on the back of the chair: A "position of mechanical advantage" for re-educating the breathing mechanism; Appendix III--Contact Information; and Appendix I--Notation, pitch names and frequency correlation chart.
For example, chapter 4, "Breath Energy in Singing," offers a clearly written, highly detailed description of the workings of the breathing mechanism along with high quality anatomical drawings that will be helpful to any singer.
What is particularly challenging about Verdi's vocal writing is the demands he makes on the breathing mechanism. All singing obviously begins with the breath.