Gulliver and

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 15 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:179
  1. Imre Loefler, editor
  1. Nairobi Hospital Proceedings, Kenya

    Suppose that Jonathan Swift published Gulliver's Travels in the BMJ. Within hours the rapid responses have begun to appear.

    The first one anticipates Thackeray, in whose judgment the book was “Filthy in word, filthy in thoughts, furious, raging, and obscene.” Moral outrage is followed by the scoffing of seafarers, geographers, and meteorologists pointing out that the tale is mere fantasy.

    An engineer submits his calculations, according to which 1500 horses 4 inches high …

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