Bram Stoker (1847–1912) came from an Irish medical family whose influence is
not hard to detect in his most famous work, Dracula, which sadly did not
bring him the fame and fortune which his older brother William Thornley
achieved. The latter was not only President of the Irish College of Surgeons
and knighted, but held appointments at the two major Dublin asylums – the
Richmond Hospital and St Patrick's. He was even a member of the
Medico–Psychological Society for a while, and thus was well-placed to advise
on the activities and thought-processes of the doctors in Dracula.