Alex Heick, MD, PhM
To the Editors: Immortalized a century ago by Bram Stoker in his novel about Dracula, the legend of the human vampire is a popular fictional theme. In Eastern Europe, written records of vampirism date back to the thirteenth century (1). According to this lore, the vampire is a person whose soul stays in his or her body after death. During the day the vampire sleeps in a grave, leaving it at dusk to assault victims. To do this, he or she may transmogrify into an animal, for example, a bat. The victim usually survives, somewhat anemic, with only toothmarks as
Heick A. Prince Dracula, Rabies, and the Vampire Legend. Ann Intern Med. ;117:172–173. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-117-2-172_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1992;117(2):172-173.
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