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November 18, 1899


JAMA. 1899;XXXIII(21):1300. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450730056018

Dr Charles W. Doyle is a new medical light in the literary firmament. He was born in India, received his medical education in London and Edinburgh, and is now practicing medicine for his health and writing stories for a living, in California. Born in 1852, among the foothills of the Himalayas, the time and the place made it necessary that his early life should be surrounded by the horrors of, or as he expresses it, "getting impressions" from, the Sepoy rebellion, and life in the jungle. His father was killed in one of the last battles of the great mutiny. At 18 years of age he was sent to London to study medicine, and spent nearly a year, a "terrible year," he calls it, in Guy's Hospital. He was so wretchedly unhappy there, cooped up in an atmosphere, social and otherwise, so different from that to which he had been