Lancet examination of Haitian Zombies

As inundated by fictional representations of the undead as we are these days, we may forget that there are supposedly real zombies out there – specifically, in Haiti, where dead relatives are often believed to come back as zombies, shuffling, uncommunicative and inert.

Three of these cases were given a thorough examination in 1997, and the results were published in the UK medical journal, The Lancet. The upshot – they’re not zombies, rather, they’re wandering mentally ill or handicapped individuals who are assumed to be the dead people, but aren’t.

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