Jonathan Swift y su contribución científica en los “Viajes de Gulliver”.
Miranda, Marcelo; Departamento Neurólogía,Clinica Las Condes, Santiago. Chile Neurólogo
Pérez J, Carolina; Departamento Neurología Clínica Las Condes
Slachevsky Ch, Andrea
Jonathan Swift is one of the most celebrated satirist writers in literature. His well-known Gulliver’s Travels, apart from being a severe criticism of human beings, contains many interesting and little recognized comments about medical and other scientific facts. Swift made what seems to be the first 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 interesting phenomenon that may contribute to creativity. In this paper, we review aspects of his life and reveal these amazing descriptions as samples of Swift’s extraordinary power of observation.