As requested by Teresa, the subject for this week’s search for pop culture icons in the medical literature is Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It appears that there is a gap in the literature on this topic, as I couldn’t find many articles at all. The ones I did find weren’t strictly medical in their focus, but were from the psychology/sociology/cognitive science fields. The one that deals with Buffy most directly is “Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Xena: Warrior Princess: reception of the texts by a sample of lesbian fans and web site users” (it looks like the article is freely available). The other couple that I thought were most relevant didn’t feature Buffy as the main topic of the paper, but did use the show as part of their methodology. The first one uses scenes from Buffy as part of an experiment on gender recognition. The second mentions Buffy as an example of a TV show from the late 1990’s/early 2000’s which introduced a gay or lesbian character into the cast.
I’ve enjoyed these searches over the last couple of weeks, and I may continue this theme for an occasional Friday post, but probably not a regular basis. I’m always happy to take suggestions for shows/characters/movies to use as a subject.