Vampirism is defined as the act of drawing blood from an object, (usually a love object) and receiving resultant sexual excitement and pleasure. The blood may be drawn by various means such as biting, cutting, etc. The sucking or drinking of the blood from the wound is often an important part of the act but not an essential one. Vampirism is not considered in this paper as a sexual desire for corpses, as it has sometimes been defined. This latter syndrome is better classified as necrophilia.
The scientific literature on the subject of vampirism is extremely meager. What references there are, for the most part, treat the subject briefly and superficially. But the authors feel that such behavior and fantasies are more common and important than their relative absence in the literature would suggest. For though it is true that cases of pure vampirism are relatively
VANDEN BERGH RL, KELLY JF. Vampirism: A Review With New Observations. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1964;11(5):543–547. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1964.01720290085012
Coronavirus Resource Center
Customize your JAMA Network experience by selecting one or more topics from the list below.
Create a personal account or sign in to: