Dr. Joseph Bell, Conan Sherlock Holmes

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In 1887 Arthur Conan Doyle created the fictional character, Sherlock Holmes. When Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was studying medicine at the University of Edinburgh he met Dr. Joseph Bell, who was one of his professors (Trickey). Amazed by Dr. Bell’s ability to detect information about a patient such as how they walked, whether they had tattoos, their accent, physical appearance, and so on Doyle became inspired. As well as being amazingly intuitive, Bell was physically tall, thin, had an angular well-defined face, and very distinctive walk (Trickey). Dr. Joseph Bell was Conan Doyle’s inspiration for Sherlock Holmes. Sherlock Holmes also had a partner named Dr. John Watson. In the words of William L. De Andrea, "Watson also serves the important function of catalyst for Holmes ' mental processes... From the writer 's point of view, Doyle knew the importance of having someone to whom the detective can make enigmatic remarks, a consciousness that 's privy to facts in the case without being in on the conclusions (“Dr.”)." In Arthur Conan Doyle’s short story, “A Scandal in Bohemia” and “The Silver Blaze”, the character of Dr. Watson showcases the strong personality of Sherlock Holmes. Sherlock Holmes is well-known for his incredible use of logic. In Conan Doyle’s story, “The Silver Blaze,” Holmes talks about the theft of a race horse from a country estate protected by a ferocious watch dog. Later Holmes explains how the dog not barking helped him solve the case; this is an example of
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