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June 1960

A Doctor Enjoys Sherlock Holmes.

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By Edward J. Van Liere. Price, $3. Pp. 141, with no illustrations. Vantage Press, Inc., 120 W. 31st St., New York 1, 1959.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1960;105(6):975-976. doi:10.1001/archinte.1960.00270180153022

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Truly, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are examples of the remarkable degree to which the fame of fictional characters may overshadow that of their creator. The Baker Street Society, regulars and irregulars, the lasting popularity of Sherlock Holmes and his tribe of hero worshippers, the stream of plays, movies, and television programs as well as the continuing sale of the stories themselves, all testify to the consummate genius of Arthur Conan Doyle. He was a physician who forsook medicine, another example of a very large literary clan—men trained as physicians who followed the muses for name and fame. Some practiced medicine as the means of a livelihood, some as a sort of hobby, and some, such as Goldsmith and Keats, not at all. The details of Conan Doyle's upbringing, his robust life, and the transition from medicine to fiction have all been told most delightfully in his remarkably perceptive and