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MIRANDA C, Marcelo; PEREZ J, Carolina  e  SLACHEVSKY CH, Andrea. Jonathan Swift's scientific contribution on his "Gulliver's Travels". Rev. méd. Chile [online]. 2011, vol.139, n.3, pp.395-399. ISSN 0034-9887.

Jonathan Swift is one of the most celebrated satirist writers in literature. His well-known "Gulliver's Travels", apartfrom being a serious human being criticism, contains many interesting ana unrecognized comments about medical and other scientific facts. Swift made what seems to be thefirst account of a dementing illness in the elderly; his description fits well with what we now know as Alzheimer's disease. He also described a condition now called synaesthesia, a very interestingphenomenon that may contribute to creativity. In thispaper, we review aspects ofhis Ufe and reveal these amazing descriptions as samples of Swift's extraordinary power of observation.

Palavras-chave : Alzheimer type senile dementia; Historiography; Medicine in literature.

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