Medicine: Final Experiment

"When a doctor does go wrong," Sherlock Holmes once observed, "he is the first of criminals. He has nerve and knowledge."

But Sir Bernard ("Spils") Spilsbury, who became known as Britain's modern Sherlock Holmes, showed what a doctor can do when he uses his nerve and knowledge to catch criminals. For nearly four decades, connoisseurs of real-life British murders could be sure that the case was really top-drawer when it included the appearance on the witness stand of tall (6 ft. 2 in.) Sir Bernard and his quiet acknowledgment: "I am the senior pathologist...

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