Revalidating sherlock holmes

05-Jun-2020 08:27

Conan Doyle repeatedly said that Holmes was inspired by the real-life figure of Joseph Bell, a surgeon at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, whom Doyle met in 1877 and had worked for as a clerk.

Like Holmes, Bell was noted for drawing broad conclusions from minute observations.

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) is a fictional private detective created by British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Known as a "consulting detective" in the stories, Holmes is known for his proficiency with observation, forensic science, and logical reasoning that borders on the fantastic, which he employs when investigating cases for a wide variety of clients, including Scotland Yard.

Holmes frequently calls Watson's writing sensational and populist, suggesting that it fails to accurately and objectively report the "science" of his craft: Detection is, or ought to be, an exact science and should be treated in the same cold and unemotional manner.

You have attempted to tinge it ["A Study in Scarlet"] with romanticism, which produces much the same effect as if you worked a love-story ...

Details about Sherlock Holmes's life, except for the adventures in the books, are scarce in Conan Doyle's original stories.