Best of PubMed: Halloween Special part 2: Vampires, ghosts, zombies, the devil et al.

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Influence of Valentine’s Day and Halloween on birth timing.
Levy BR, Chung PH, Slade MD.
Soc Sci Med. 2011 Oct;73(8):1246-8. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2011.07.008. Epub 2011 Jul 28.
PMID: 21880409

Goblins go “owwww”. Kids who eat all their candy could go home with more than a stomachache.
Gupta S.
Time. 2003 Nov 3;162(18):99.
PMID: 15069841

Halloween psychosis.
Schwartz J.
J Am Geriatr Soc. 1992 Mar;40(3):297.
PMID: 1538053

Halloween eye safety.
[No authors listed]
Optometry. 2007 Oct;78(10):560-1.
PMID: 17982807

Vampire wedding.
[No authors listed]
Nature. 1992 May 21;357(6375):192.
PMID: 1589016

Hereditary somnambulism in Dracula.
Altschuler EL.
J R Soc Med. 2003 Jan;96(1):51-2.
PMID: 12519810

Fear of reproduction and desire for replication in Dracula.
Colatrella C.
J Med Humanit. 1996 Fall;17(3):179-89.
PMID: 11613544

[The blood of the dead].
Avenir Med. 1951 Apr;48(4):70-1. Undetermined Language.
PMID: 14820730

The patients from hell.
Radcliffe M, Cort L.
Nurs Times. 2001 Oct 11-17;97(41):22-4.
PMID: 11966017

Letters of thanks from hell.
Silverman K.
Soc Sci Inf (Paris). 1983;22(6):947-68.
PMID: 11618145

I, zombie.
Skokowski P.
Conscious Cogn. 2002 Mar;11(1):1-9.
PMID: 11883985

Turning patients into zombies.
Raspberry W.
Washington Post. 1978 Dec 11:A25.
PMID: 11648952

The ethnobiology of the Haitian zombi.
Davis EW.
J Ethnopharmacol. 1983 Nov;9(1):85-104.
PMID: 6668953

Attack of the email zombies!
Schorle T.
Pa Dent J (Harrisb). 2012 Nov-Dec;79(6):33-4.
PMID: 23495487

I, zombie.
Skokowski P.
Conscious Cogn. 2002 Mar;11(1):1-9.
PMID: 11883985

Zombies in the night.
Lenaghan J.
Nurs Stand. 1997 Jun 25;11(40):17.
PMID: 9277186

Snow White and the zombies.
Palmer B.
Eur Eat Disord Rev. 2008 May;16(3):245. doi: 10.1002/erv.874.
PMID: 18438980

Voodoo Barbie and the dental office.
Neiburger EJ.
N Y State Dent J. 2001 Jun-Jul;67(6):26-7.
PMID: 11501242

Entertaining Satan.
Demos J.
Am Herit. 1978;29(5):14-23.
PMID: 11631374

Supping with the devil.
Carrington AC.
Br J Theatre Nurs. 1994 Sep;4(6):33.
PMID: 7633080

Proliferating principles; or how to sup with the devil without getting eaten.
Leader N.
Disasters. 1998 Dec;22(4):288-308. Review.
PMID: 9874895

[The devil takes the hindmost].
Ritz E.
Dtsch Med Wochenschr. 2006 Apr 13;131(15):803. German.
PMID: 16607598

The orbit, the devil and the ageing cheek.
Paridaens D.
Orbit. 2007 Sep;26(3):145-6.
PMID: 17891641

The name of the devil.
Wing KT.
Cleve Clin J Med. 2008 Dec;75(12):845-6.
PMID: 19097288

The night of the red devil.
McLean J.
Nurs Mirror Midwives J. 1972 May 26;134(21):22.
PMID: 4482818

The red devil revisited.
Plana JC.
JACC Cardiovasc Imaging. 2013 Aug;6(8):886-8.
PMID: 23948379

Keeping details from the devil.
Boyce N.
US News World Rep. 2003 Mar 10;134(7):62.
PMID: 12645478

Beware cloth devils
Greenhalgh T.
BMJ. 2000 Jul 8;321(7253):123A.
PMID: 10884274

Does the devil wear prada or flip-flops? Flip-flops or ties?
Hitchcock BJ, Hagerman XY.
Mark Health Serv. 2010 Spring;30(2):32.
PMID: 20550005

[How the Devil got into a school in Brittany].
Nau JY.
Rev Med Suisse. 2012 Dec 19;8(367):2462-3. French.
PMID: 23346754

The face of the devil finally revealed.
Abdullgaffar B.
Int J Surg Pathol. 2013 Apr;21(2):149. doi: 10.1177/1066896912475081.
PMID: 23516168

The devil in Dolores’ dentition.
Horseman RE.
J Calif Dent Assoc. 2006 Mar;34(3):258, 257.
PMID: 16895081

The devil (and the doodles) is in the details.
Sullivan-Fowler M.
Watermark (Arch Libr Hist Health Sci). 2008;32(1):12-4.
PMID: 21355341

On being possessed by the devil.
Ujhely GB.
Perspect Psychiatr Care. 1972;10(5):202-9.
PMID: 4487643

Child of the Devil.
Frank HF.
Can Med Assoc J. 1956 Nov 1;75(9):778. English, French.
PMID: 20325369

The devil in the dark chocolate.
[No authors listed]
Lancet. 2007 Dec 22;370(9605):2070.
PMID: 18156011

I saw satan fall like lightning
Farrell L.
BMJ. 2000 Apr 8;320(7240):1017A.
PMID: 10753175 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]

Entertaining Satan.
Demos J.
Am Herit. 1978;29(5):14-23.
PMID: 11631374

A case of possessive state with onset influenced by ‘door-to-door’ sales.
Satoh S, Obata S, Seno E, Okada T, Morita N, Saito T, Yoshikawa M, Yamagami A.
Psychiatry Clin Neurosci. 1996 Dec;50(6):313-6.
PMID: 9014228

Are ghosts scarier than zombies?
Diaz-Leon E.
Conscious Cogn. 2012 Jun;21(2):747-8; author reply 749-50.
PMID: 21708473

Exorcism-resistant ghost possession treated with clopenthixol.
Hale AS, Pinninti NR.
Br J Psychiatry. 1994 Sep;165(3):386-8.
PMID: 7994512

Ghosts who appear by degrees; or, the strange case of the phantom authors.
Davenport HW.
Pharos Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Med Soc. 1990 Summer;53(3):36-7.
PMID: 2399276

Induction of an illusory shadow person.
Arzy S, Seeck M, Ortigue S, Spinelli L, Blanke O.
Nature. 2006 Sep 21;443(7109):287.
PMID: 16988702

Ghosts: strange goings on in hospital.
Hearne K.
Nurs Mirror. 1981 Dec 23-30;153(26):24.
PMID: 6916311

Things that go bump in the night: the parasomnias revisited.
Mahowald MW, Ettinger MG.
J Clin Neurophysiol. 1990 Jan;7(1):119-43. Review.
PMID: 2406282

Ghost in the tree.
Di Gallo A, Kuehne T.
Lancet. 2008 Nov 1;372(9649):1570.
PMID: 18984190

[The ghost and its victims].
León CA.
Acta Psiquiatr Psicol Am Lat. 1974 Oct;20(5):339-51. Spanish.
PMID: 4477691

[Dogs, man-wolves and full moon].
Goddemeier C.
Psychother Psychosom Med Psychol. 2002 Jun;52(6):286-7. German.
PMID: 12066256

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