To the Editor.
—I became curiouser and curiouser as I read "Literary Neurologic Syndromes—Alice in Wonderland" by Rolak.1 Although it is always nice to see recognition of Lewis Carroll's masterpiece,2 I felt compelled to point out some factual errors in the article. In the text and in Fig 1, Rolak states that Alice's Adventures in Wonderland corresponds to a chess game. The book is, in fact, based on a playing card theme. Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There3 is the book in which Alice finds herself in the midst of a chess game.In Rolak's Fig 4, the girl on the left is identified as Alice when, in fact, Alice is the girl on the right.By a curious coincidence, an excellent account of Dodgson and of Alice appears in the issue of National Geographic4 published in the same month as the Archives' article.
Kirk A. Literay Illusions. Arch Neurol. 1993;50(1):14. doi:10.1001/archneur.1993.00540010010007