The health of Jonathan Swift

Bewley, Thomas H.
November 1998
Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine;Nov1998, Vol. 91 Issue 11, p602
Academic Journal
The article reports that a review of the medical history of Jonathan Swift has shown that he was mentally normal till very late in life when he was affected by those psychological changes because of organic brain deterioration of old age. Some quotes from Samuel Johnson, Walter Scott and Francis Sylvester are presented to provide a glimpse of the state of Swift during his old age.


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