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Table 1 Physiological parameters of Lilliputians, Gulliver and Brobdingnagians

From: Physiological essay on Gulliver’s Travels: a correction after three centuries

  Lilliputian Gulliver Brobdingnagian
Body size
 H (height, m) 0.143 1.71 20.52
 BMI (W/H2) 23 23 23
 W (weight, kg) 0.47 67.3 9685
Energy
 Energy (W3/4) (relative ratios to Gulliver) 1/42 1 42
 Calories required for daily life (kcal) 57 2400 100,800
Rate
 W−1/4(relative ratios to Gulliver) 3.5 1 1/3.5
 Heartbeat (per min) 210 60 17
 Breath (per min) 68 18 5
Time
 W1/4 (relative ratios to Gulliver) 1/3.5 1 3.5
 Life span (years) 17 60 210
Blood pr.    
 Blood pressure (mmHg) 120 120 250–880
  1. Values shown in bold are indicated directly or indirectly in Gulliver’s Travels. Hypothetical values are shown in italic. The rest of the values are calculated using the equations shown above