Books: Sherlock Holmes*

An Author Tells of War, Murder, Spooks, Disease

The Student. Conan Doyle was educated under the iron rod of the 'Jesuits. Said one of his masters, hearing that he proposed to be a civil engineer: "Well, Doyle, you may be an engineer, but I don't think you will ever be a civil one." He was perpetually in scrapes, liked to fight. Later, at Edinburgh University, studying medicine, he met a bearded barrel of a man, original of "Professor Challenger" in The Lost World. There, also, was Joseph Bell, surgeon, whose specialty was diagnosis through...

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