Lycanthrope Picture

Medical technology had advanced to a stage where the werewolves could maintain their form and tolerate sunlight, but they were still treated with suspicion in society, and preferred to move about when the streets were quiet.

*Historical note*
Some modern researchers have tried to explain the reports of werewolf behaviour with recognised medical conditions. Historical accounts on werewolves could have in fact been referring to victims of congenital porphyria, stating how the symptoms of photosensitivity, reddish teeth and psychosis could have been grounds for accusing a sufferer of being a werewolf. This is argued against by researchers who point out how mythological werewolves were almost invariably portrayed as resembling true wolves, and that their human forms were rarely physically conspicuous as porphyria victims. Others have pointed out the possibility of historical werewolves having been sufferers of hypertrichosis, a hereditary condition manifesting itself in excessive hair growth. However, the rarity of the disease ruled it out from happening on a large scale, as werewolf cases were in medieval Europe. Others suggested rabies as the origin of werewolf beliefs, claiming remarkable similarities between the symptoms of that disease and some of the legends, and focusing on the idea that being bitten by a werewolf could result in the victim turning into one, which suggested the idea of a transmittable disease like rabies. However, the idea that lycanthropy could be transmitted in this way is not part of the original myths and legends and only appears in beliefs in the late 19th and early 20th century.

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