Were mythological monsters more medical than mystical?


Are werewolves just hairy humans? Are vampires simply in need of an iron supplement? And should zombies swap their cries for brains for a call to poison control? In honour of Halloween, sink your teeth into this first instalment of mythological monsters that may have medical, not mystical, origins.

First, let’s take a look at vampires. A popular modern-day theory for the origin of the undead is porphyria, a group of inherited blood diseases.

Symptoms include the characteristic