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August 1934

Ueber den Menschenhass: Eine pathographische Untersuchung ueber Jonathan Swift.

Arch NeurPsych. 1934;32(2):461-462. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1934.02250080207014

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Abstract

A more interesting subject for a pathographic study than the great Dean Swift could hardly be found. Swift was the author of one of the best loved books of all time, dear to youthful readers, entertaining to adults, food for thought to the most mature—the immortal "Gulliver's Travels." Next to Dante's "Divine Comedy," this book is one of the greatest products of literary imagination. Its author was undoubtedly an abnormal person. Toward the end of life he suffered from an organic mental disease, but this has evidently little significance in the study of his character and work. He was governor of the Hospital of St. Mary of Bethlehem ("Bedlam") in London, and visited this institution a number of times, using his observations in his writings; e. g., "The Tale of a Tub." His considerable fortune he left (in a will made long before his own mental illness) to be used

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