Like most books, this has not been written unaided, and I gratefully acknowledge several organizations and friends for their generous help. The Leverhulme Trust, first, enabled much of the basic research through its major research grant for the Northumbria University ‘Writing Doctors’ project, of which this book is part. I am also grateful to the publisher Wilhelm Fink for permission to reprint in the third section of Chapter 4 a slightly modified version of my piece ‘Doctor at Sea: Gulliver and Medical Perception’, which originally appeared in Reading Swift: Papers from The Sixth Münster Symposium on Jonathan Swift: © 2013 Wilhelm Fink Verlag, ein Imprint der Brill Gruppe (Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, Niederlande; Brill USA Inc., Boston MA, USA; Brill Asia Pte Ltd, Singapore; Brill Deutschland GmbH, Paderborn, Deutschland). My thanks, too, to the editors of that collection, Kirsten Juhas, Hermann J. Real, and Sandra Simon, for their ready agreement.
My friends and colleagues on the ‘Writing Doctors’ project, Clark Lawlor, Ashleigh Blackwood, Helen Williams, and Laurence Sullivan, have been invaluable supports, both in their enthusiasm for the book and for reading successive chapters, and providing such perceptive and appreciative feedback. I have benefited greatly from their suggestions. My friend Michelle Faubert, from the University of Manitoba and herself a member of the wider ‘Writing Doctors’ group as well as a Visiting Fellow at Northumbria, has also kindly read through the entire book and, as always, has given me thoughtful and informed responses. Without her ready engagement, this book would have been a good deal poorer. The staff at the Ehrenpreis Centre for Swift Studies in Münster were welcoming and immensely helpful during my research visits there: my thanks to them, and especially to Kirsten Juhas for reading and commenting helpfully on my first Swift chapter, as well as supplying material for other sections, and to Janika Bischof for the cover design. Dirk Passmann, another Münster friend and Swift scholar, also kindly provided me with invaluable additional resources. The Director of the Centre, my friend Hermann Real, generously read the whole book and supplied me with extra information and sources as well as correcting some of my slips and pointing me in profitable directions: he, too, was unfailingly enthusiastic about what I have been attempting and had a shaping influence on the final volume. To all, my heartfelt thanks.
Finally, I thank once again my wife, Glynis, for her medical knowledge and for her support in countless ways during the writing of this book. Without her, Swift, Pope, and the doctors would have remained untreated.