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|Dr. Kristof Goessman|
Over the next seven years, Dr. Goessman acquired a steady supply of vampires and zombies from European bounty hunters and spent countless hours observing them. Oblivious to danger, he measured their strength and endurance and tested their tolerance to sunlight, noise and poisons. Though some would consider his research cruel, Dr. Goessman amassed a wealth of data and published much of it in the 1935 book Among Vampires and Zombies. The book created a sensation worldwide and did much to debunk stereotypes and superstitions associated with the undead.
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Once they captured the wayward vampire, criminal investigators were able to piece together the incident. Apparently, this particularly articulate vampire tricked one of Goessman's assistants into letting it go by promising him untold riches. Once freed, the vampire killed the assistant and attacked Goessman before heading down to the village.
Fortunately, many of Goessman's notebooks were rescued from the fire, including one that laid the groundwork for the vaccine research done at the Santa Rosa Institute in the 1940s and 50s. Among Goessman's important discoveries was that, in the absence of food, both vampires and zombies were capable of entering a dormant phase during which their pulse rate and metabolism would slow. This allowed them to survive without food for weeks longer than previously thought. Goessman also discovered that aggression was an essential part of the makeup of vampires, and that simply feeding them blood was not enough to keep them healthy. Perhaps because of his unusual methods and macabre demise, Dr. Kristof Goessman has never received the respect accorded to scientists like Jonas Salk and Louis Pasteur. But the fact remains, the good doctor saved untold lives by hastening the discovery of the vaccine.