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Feature Christmas 2015: Infection Control

Zombie infections: epidemiology, treatment, and prevention

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 14 December 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6423

Re: Zombie infections: epidemiology, treatment, and prevention

Dr Smith's comprehensive review of this topic is tarnished by the uncritical acceptance of pejorative language in relation to those affected by this condition. I have recently been party to the extensive deliberations of a family study group on this topic. A proposal emerged (sometime after midnight) that the term Zombie should be replaced by the neutral term Person with Non-normative Post Mortem Experience (perhaps abreviated as PeNPoME). The adoption of this non-judgmental perspective should facilitate qualitative participative research to characterise the perspectives of penpomes.

Competing interests: No competing interests

16 December 2015
Martin Cormican
Professor of Bacteriology
School of Medicine, Clinical Science Institute, NUI Galway, Newcastle Road, Galway, Ireland