May 14, 1960


JAMA. 1960;173(2):177. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020200049015

"On trains and planes, in motels and hotels, when traveling on business in connection with the development of the new medical center at West Virginia University," the Dean of the Medical School prepared a delightful enchiridion on Sherlock Holmes.1 E. J. Van Liere is not unique as a doctor who enjoys mystery stories. In recent years television has been responsible for a change in medium of transmission of the thriller from author to doctor. Prior to the creation of this neoteric device of communication, physicians found a pleasant means of escape from the hour-to-hour and day-by-day travail of practice by the simple procedure of reading mystery stories. L. J. Henderson, Doctor of Medicine, biochemist, and proponent of the D'Ocagne nomogram, readily boasted of a modest collection of mystery stories on his bedside table. He had no hesitation in admitting that a cleverly fabricated tale of crime and corruption was

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