Were mythological monsters more medical than mystical?

MEDICAL HISTORY


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 sensitivity to sunlight, erratic