June 27, 1966

Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes and Heredity

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Syracuse, NY

JAMA. 1966;196(13):1160. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100260098038

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To the Editor:—  D. F. Musto, MD, gives needed recognition to Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock's brother (196:45, 1966 ). As others have indicated before, Mycroft had an unusual genius.In his capacious mind is filed most of the essential information on which the British Empire operates. Since no other person has so much information or skill on which to base quick decisions, in crisis he takes over, the public unaware.It is a pity that neither Mycroft nor Sherlock Holmes had offspring because Mycroft's remarkable skills are required much more today with the greater complexities of our times. Sherlock described the hereditary transmission of criminal traits, yet both he and his brother neglected passing down their own talents.If any reader knows of any unrecorded descendants, The Empire needs their inherited genes today.

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