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Why do people believe in Vampires? We use medicine to explain all. I’ve been told a few times why medicine can help explain vampires and the undead coming back to life, so I thought I’d share it this Halloween. Hope you enjoy!

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Clips used under fair use (education and entertainment):

What we do in Shadows Clip:

Ellen Clip

Angel clip

Dracula Dead and Loving It Clip

Money fall green screen


Nosferatu: Hutter Visits Count Orlock’s Coffin 1922

Song ‘See you Soon’ by Otis McDonald
Song ‘New Land’ by ALBIS


M. Evripidou says:

Really cool. Would be interesting to see if more myths can be explained like this

Divina Arguelles says:

It's the time of the year again haha yay. I kinda have some knowledge of what happens after death. Quite familiar with the latin terms but not in order. Interestingly, it does makes sense when you explained it. Thank you.

Kai Sea says:

Vampires in victorian times were considered to be hideous unholy creatures of the night. Dracula was ugly when his true nature was revealed, but he seemed younger when well fed. Similarly, Lucy's corpse is described as hauntingly beautiful – unnaturally so. Once they stake her she returns to the ill, wasted form she died in. But it more lovely in comparison because she is more human. Of course being Victorian England a lot of it is a metaphor for sexual purity but eh. Point is vampires being pretty wasn't supposed to be a good thing. Someone needs to bring back the old timey vamps, they're much more interesting.

Anna Sue says:

Will you be doing another video like this for this year's Halloween?

Marcos Medina says:

I thought he was gonna propose some possible treatments for vampirism. Like, donated blood and sunscreen.

Caroline Saldanha says:

Dr. Hope: I hope your Latin is good
Me: my mother language comes from Latin so I think I’m pro
Dr. Hope: Alga Mortis
Me: at least I understand 3 of 4

Martin Verrisin says:

I liked the idea of blood spilling out of mouth and bigger belly …. and all that giving the impression it's been feeding on blood ;; + it moved; has 'longer teeth' …. That actually sounds like a pretty good reason for people freaking out and believing it might be alive at night or the traits of vampires…..
– I especially liked and never even thought about blood spilling out of the corpse's mouth and it making it seem like it's been feeding on blood….

Martin Verrisin says:

One thing I know for sure:
– sick people would get pale (so someone secretly sucking their blood: not too impossible to imagine at the time)
– garlic: well, it helps with most such diseases
– cross: religion was used as a placebo for a long time and often as part of not giving up (on/for) sick people

Those are the things that seem clear to me. Now, mixed with all the stuff that can happen to corpses and all this… I can see people coming up with explanations like vampires and all the rest.

Slightly Mad says:

+Dr Hope's Sick Notes
It is foolish to assume that vampires aren't real just because you can think of mundane explanations.
It is even more foolish to underestimate the intelligence and knowledge of people in the past.

hchcey says:

i love this episode! it is educational and enjoyable!

David Szaks says:

LOL MEE-thane. Love the way Brits talk <3. Great vid Dr. Hope, Sick notes are great. This sound more like zombies or ghouls though yeah? Also Quick question, do people in Britain call it Mee-thamphetamines, like do people get addicted to Mee-th?

Hilary Benoit says:

We call nurses vampires because they like to draw vials of blood..

killmenowprettyprett says:

I expected an explanation of how vampires might work medically if they were real but this is good

TheHawk2001 says:

one of our teachers said that vampires originated from porphyria cutanea tarda, because of the blistering photo sensitivity (they can't go out in the sun or they'll burn), also the fact that people used to cure it by drinking blood, because heme will feedback inhibit the heme synthesis pathway leading to a decrease in the accumulation of porphyrins (such as uroporphyrins).

Akame Ri says:

Dracula – Dead and loving it reference had me cracking up. I love that movie

Akame Ri says:

See, I knew the facts of this and never made the connection to people thinking the dead came back to life. I enjoyed this, stay awesome <3

Nellenia says:

But what about zombies?

Ellen King says:

I'm a lawyer (also a mom, so that might help) and you described this in an understandable but thorough way that was not gross. I'd read about factual/science reasons people believed in vampires, listened to podcasts, but this was the best explanation I've gotten.
Question is (as a history lover but more of politics/civilization/society/etc), what was happening to bodies before the 1700's? Was there a shift in burial procedures that led to undertakers observing bodies more? I'll look into the societal side if you look into the science side 🙂

Yvonne Kuivenhoven says:

How quickly after death did they bury the bodies?

Daniel Fortier says:

Thank you for this video. I did not watch it for the vampire part, but for what happens to a body after death part. My big brother (a loner) was found in his appartment 3 to 9 days after his death. Although I don't want to see a photo of this, I always wondered what happened to his body in the several days it layed there. Now I have an idea what the medical examiner saw when he arrived and I better understand why the funeral home refused to allow my sister to see any part of his body. Thanks again for this very important video!

Gerardine Cizmar says:

To think I was watching DR. Mike's channel and hearing nothing but fluff when I could have been educated on DR. Hope's channel. Better late than never I guess.

Serpentinus Marina says:

it is gross, but very informative

Kelli Lydon says:

Hi Dr. Hope! I'm reading Bram Stoker's Dracula and it made me wonder about vampire legends connected to diseases the supposed victims may have had. For example, in the book, the way Stoker describes Lucy's condition after Dracula has started feeding from her night after night kind of sounds like tuberculosis. She gets really pale and weak and can barely talk. She struggles to breathe and seems to be wasting away. Do you think misunderstood illnesses of the supposed victims of vampires inspired parts of the legend?

Andrew Jewer says:

This is a fresh take I have never heard before. Neat

Catman says:

Haven't started the video yet, but I'm taking a wild shot and guessing that this is about Porphyria.

EDIT: Interesting perspective of the decomposition process!

Viktoriya Ipatieva says:

You are literally so adorable! The last couple of days I've been watching your videos as I get ready in the morning, and they're so entertaining. Great job, and keep up the great work (when you have the time of course).

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