oa South African Family Practice - Thin slices and Sherlock Holmes : peripheralia

Volume 56, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 2078-6190
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6204



Dr Arthur Conan Doyle, who created the character of Sherlock Holmes, said that the character was loosely based on a Dr Joseph Bell, who was a surgeon who he had worked with at the Edinburgh medical school. Dr Bell emphasised the importance of close observation in making the diagnosis, and was often able to diagnose patients before they had said a word.

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