Did Goldilocks have Prader-Willi syndrome?
Was Snow White poisoned by Listeria monocytogenes? And are the Mad Hatter’s antics a result of chronic mercurial poisoning?
These are the questions a Melbourne-based respiratory paediatrician has been asking as he plunges down the rabbit hole of fairytales and folklore.
He has been on a quest to find out what recognisable medical conditions these stories might harbour.
“In a pre-modern medical world, authors often made astute observations of people and built them into their stories,” Associate Professor John Massie, from