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08/19/2013 09:13 am ET

7 Horrifying Ailments Named After Literary Characters

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When you're immersed in a good story, it's easy to lose yourself in a character's world. But what would life be like if you actually had to experience what they experience? From ten-month-long sleep sessions to extreme vanity and delusional jealousy, walking in your favorite protagonist's footsteps might be more of a nightmare than a dream come true. Here are just a few of the fascinating (and horrifying) physical and mental illnesses named after the quirks and adventures of some of literature's most interesting characters.

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