Porphyria Television and other Media

The following is a list of Television, and Other Media that have featured Porphyria

 

Books and Papers

  • “On Porphyria and the Aetiology of Werewolves” by L. Illis', 1963, paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society of Medicine January 1964
  • The Porphyrias by Geoffrey Dean, 1971
  • Vampires by Nancy Garden, 1973
  • "Porphyria, Vampires, and Werewolves: The Aetiology of European Metamorphosis Legends", paper by David Dolphin for the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1985
  • Porphyrins and Porphyria by Y. Nordman, 1986
  • American Vampires: Fans, Victims, Practitioners by Norine Dresser, 1989
  • Porphyria by Tammy Evans, 1997               
  • Purple Secret: Genes, 'Madness' and the Royal Houses of Europe by John C. G. Rohl, 1999
  • Porphyria, A Lyon’s Share of Trouble by Desiree Lyon Howe, 2004
  • Royal Maladies: Inherited diseases in the royal houses of Europe by Alan Rushton, 2008
  • Ultimate Comics Avengers 3 #1, comic by Mark Millar, October 2010
  • "Rare genetic disorder doesn't slow down boys," two brothers in a small Texas town deal with erythropoietic protoporphyria (EPP) from the Vernon Daily Record April 9, 2010. (123)​

 

Magazines and Blogs

Pain News Network

Parade Magazine

  • Desiree Lyon Howe Story
  • Porphyria, Rare Disease Feature

National Geographic

New York Time Magazine & Blog

 

Movies

  • The King’s Speech (2010)
  • The Madness of King George (1994) & (2005) - film based on the 1991 Alan Bennett play “The Madness of George III”
  • Porphyria (2010

 

News Reports

ABC.com

ABC News Specials

  • Medical Mysteries Series, Episode 2
  • Interview with Desiree Lyon
  • "The Mystery Illness" of Congenital Erythropoietic Protoporphyria (CEP) on Dr. Dean Edell's Medical Journal, ABC-TV 1986. (on genebennett.net)​

ABC Nightline

ABC Prime Time

  • CEP Segment - Kasey Knauf
  • Royal Mystery Unraveled,  August 15, 2012

Anderson Cooper 360

  • CEP

BBC news

CNN

CNN iReport  

Dr. Drew

  • Mystery Illness - December 2012

Dr. Oz

  • EPP Patient - Craig Leppert

Fox News

  • Interview with Desiree Lyon
  • Vampires, A Medical Myth, November 2009
  • King George, Madness or Arsenic, July 2005
  • EPP with Dr. Herbert Bonkovsky July, 2015

Good Morning America

NBC Evening News

  • NBC Evening News, Thur. May 31 2005
  • Dr. Bruce Spielgaman WBZ, August 2005
  • Sunlight Allergy July, 2015

NBCnews.com

Sanjay Gupta 

USA Today

 

Television Shows

Castle

  • Vampire Weekend: Season 2, Episode 6

CSI Las Vegas

  • Justice Served: Season 1, Episode 21
  • Blood Moon:  Season 11, Episode 3

Dateline NBC

Diagnose Me

  • Ballerina Interrupted Season 1, Episode 4, May 8, 2015

Doc Martin

  • Uneasy Lies the Head: Season 4, Episode 2

Gray’s Anatomy

  • Time Warp: Season 6, Episode 15

House

  • The Socratic Method: Season 1, Episode 6
  • Honeymoon: Season 1, Episode 22
  • Fools for Love: Season 3, Episode 5 (mentions porphyria)
  • Finding Judas: Season 3, Episode 9
  • Don’t Ever Change: Season 4, Episode 12 (mentions porphyria)
  • Guardian Angels: Season 4, Episode 4 (mentions porphyria)
  • Whatever it Takes: Season 4, Episode 6 (mentions porphyria)
  • The Itch: Season 5, Episode 7
  • Emancipation: Season 5, Episode 8 (mentions porphyria)
  • Let Them Eat Cake: Season 5, Episode 10
  • Carrot or Stick: Season 7, Episode 10
  • You Must Remember This: Season 7, Episode 12
  • Bombshells: Season 7, Episode 15
  • Charity Case: Season 8, Episode 3
  • Post Mortem: Season 8, Episode 20

Learning Channel

  • Porphyria, Another Myth in the Making

Midsomer Murders  

  • Masterclass: Season 13, Episode 5  

Montel Williams

  • Porphyria with Lauren Warren
  • Rare Diseases with the Leppert Family

Mystery Diagnosis

  • The Sickest Patient in the Hospital and Terrifying Tremors: Season 5
  • The Boy Who Kept Swelling: Season 6 Episode 6

Mystery ER

  • Seeping Through the Cracks/Purple Haze: Season 1, Episode 3

Medical Mysteries

  • George III - Mad or Misunderstood, BBC, July 14, 2012

Saving Hope: 

  • The Great Randall: Season 1, Episode 6

Secret History

  • Purple Secret in Search of Royal Madness: Season 6, Episode 6

Scrubs

  • My Ocardial Infarction: Season 4, Episode 13
  • Kelso’s Last Stand: Season7, Episode 9
  • My Dumb Luck: Season 9, Episode 7
  • Outta here like Vladimir: Season 8, Episode 4

Telemundo

The Night Shift

  • Parenthood: Season 2 Episode 9

Travel Channel

  • Romania Documentary

X Files

  • “3”: Season 2, Episode 7
  • Bad Blood: Season 5, Episode 12

 

Over 100 local television stations have produced stories on individual patients.  There have also been a large number of articles on patients in local newspapers.