Creepy Culture

Twilight explained: Edward’s not a vampire, he’s just got some syphilis

on October 6, 2013 | 1 Comment

I never knew this, but according to this 1863 illustration from London’s Wellcome Library, one of the many ways syphilis can mess you up before killing you is by giving you crazy vampire teeth.

Via Boing Boing, with thanks to Florence, my partner in crime, for pointing this out.

Tags: syphillis, vampirism

One Response to Twilight explained: Edward’s not a vampire, he’s just got some syphilis

  1. Cam Tsujita says:

    The horror fan in me is saying “oooooh.” But the science geek in me is wondering what actually causes this pattern of (what I assume is) tooth decay. A certain kind of oral bacterium? Advanced gum disease? Accelerated tooth decay related to a compromised immune system? Suppressed saliva production? Or is this a deformity in people born with syphilis (passed on from the mother at birth)?
    Life really does imiate art!

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