The National Library of Medicine’s History of Medicine division has many online exhibits, some of which will get you in the mood for Halloween:
- Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine
- Do Mandrakes Really Scream? Magic and Medicine in Harry Potter
- Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature
Additionally, among the millions of published biomedical articles and books, there is sure to be research influenced by popular culture and folklore. Take a look at some of these Halloween-esque themed articles:
When zombies attack!: Mathematical modelling of an outbreak of zombie infection
P. Munz, I. Hudea, J. Imad and R.J. Smith
in: J.M. Tchuenche and C. Chiyaka (Eds.) Infectious Disease Modelling Research Progress (pp. 133-150). Hauppauge, NY : Nova Science Publishers, 2009.
Harry Potter and the curse of headache.
Sheftell F, Steiner TJ, Thomas H.
Headache. 2007 Jun;47(6):911-6.
Classification of human breathing sounds by the common vampire bat, Desmodus rotundus.
Gröger U, Wiegrebe L.
BMC Biol. 2006 Jun 16;4:18.
[Does garlic protect against vampires? An experimental study]
Sandvik H, Baerheim A.
Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen. 1994 Dec 10;114(30):3583-6. Norwegian.
On the plausibility of Superman’s x-ray vision.