History: Why you probably shouldn't fear the walking dead
Are werewolves just hairy humans? Are vampires simply in need of an iron supplement?
Should zombies swap their cries for brains for a call to poison control?
It seems many mythological monsters may have more medical than mystical origins.
The metamorphosis of man into beast, into something subhuman, is central in the legends and lore of lycanthropy.
An obvious medical inspiration is hypertrichosis, known colloquially as ‘werewolf syndrome’: a condition causing excessive hair growth on the body.