Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: Ancient basilisk

  • The basilisk—a cause of sudden death

    Anna Lantz Einar Perman Stockholm, Sweden   Mythical creatures have been described and feared since ancient times. The group is large. It includes dragons, sirens, basilisks, centaurs, phoenixes, sea monsters, and several more. These mythical creatures may have been invented to provide explanations for events for which there were no natural explanations, such as when…