Halloween Horrors from the Archives

By Rebecca Kreston | October 31, 2016 3:33 pm

Halloween is my favorite event of the year and, as many of my loyal readers know, my obsession with the strange and seemingly supernatural wonders of the microscopic world – namely horrifying parasites and bizarro infections – forms the very backbone of the Body Horrors blog.

So in celebration of All Hallows’ Eve, a night of masquerade and devilry, I present a small selection – no easy task, trust me! – of the more sinister and spine-tingling articles from the Body Horrors archives, a reminder that the spooky and scary is not relegated to just one day in October. Enjoy the tricks and treats! 

A captured rabid dog. Image: CDC.

A captured rabid dog. Image: CDC.

Canine Rabies Imported into America

An Anthrax Blast from the Past

The Bestial Virus: The Infectious Origins of Werewolves, Zombies & Vampires

Polio in the Cancer Ward

Tetanus, the Grinning Death

The Inheritance of Syphilis

Poisoned with Parasites

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Body Horrors looks at the history, anthropology and geography of infectious diseases and parasites.

About Rebecca Kreston

Rebecca Kreston is an infectious disease scholar trained in microbiology and epidemiology. She obtained her Biology degree from Reed College and her Masters of Science in Tropical Medicine from Tulane University. She's lived in tropical jungles, beaches and deserts around the world and has been exposed to several of the diseases that she studies. She currently lives in New Orleans, is a fourth year medical student and regularly battles insects of the Diptera, Siphonaptera and Hymenoptera orders.

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