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Historical Neurology
September 1, 1998

Rabies
A possible explanation for the vampire legend

September 1998 issue
51 (3) 856-859

Abstract

In the 18th century, belief in vampires-allegedly dead persons who left their graves and killed people and animals-raised great concern in the Balkans and an extensive debate in Europe. This historic phenomenon still awaits a comprehensive explanation. This article proposes that rabies may have played a key role in the development of the vampire legend, given the coincident time of the phenomena and the striking similarities between them.

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Volume 51Number 3September 1998
Pages: 856-859
PubMed: 9748039

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Juan Gomez-Alonso, MD
From the Servicio de Neurologia, Hospital Xeral, Vigo (Galicia), Spain.

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Address correspondence and reprint requests to Dr. Juan Gómez-Alonso, Servicio de Neurología, Hospital Xeral, Pizarro 22, Vigo (Galicia), Spain.

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