The true story of Sherlock Holmes

A talk at Newington Library traces the origins of the super sleuth.

Despite being a brilliant surgeon and dedicated mentor of nurses, Joseph Bell is best known as the inspiration for the character of Sherlock Homes.

Dr Alan Mackaill, author of Conan Doyle and Joseph Bell: the real Sherlock Holmes, is visiting Newington Library to discuss the relationship between the Edinburgh surgeon and his student Arthur Conan Doyle.

Dr Mackaill will explain how it was Bell’s diagnostic and teaching techniques that led to the creation of Sherlock Holmes, and examine the discovery of the Joseph Bell archive, which contains the letter crediting Bell as the inspiration for the character of Sherlock Holmes.

Dr Alan Mackaill – Joseph Bell and Conan Doyle: the real Sherlock Holmes,

in association with Surgeon’s Hall

Newington Library, 20th November from 7 – 8pm, free.
No booking necessary, just turn up on the night

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