Vampirism—A Clinical Condition

  title={Vampirism—A Clinical Condition},
  author={Herschel A. Prins},
  journal={British Journal of Psychiatry},
  pages={666 - 668}
  • H. Prins
  • Published 1 June 1985
  • Medicine
  • British Journal of Psychiatry
The phenomenon of the vampire is ancient, ubiquitous, and fascinating; moreover, it can only be understood adequately within the context of more general blood reliefs and rituals. (See Prins, 1984 for a review). References to vampires and associated phenomena may be found in the world's great literature long before Bram Stoker created his notorious and evil Count (Summers, 1960, 1980). Belief in the vampire's actual physical existence was probably encouraged by the prevalent practice of… 
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