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Medical writings: stories from another time

James A Best
Med J Aust 2008; 189 (11): 657.
Published online: 1 December 2008

Certainly not in the 1890s, or at least, not with any sense of realism. Better known for his Sherlock Holmes series, Conan Doyle shocked Victorian England with his collection of short stories about medical matters, with its graphic descriptions of diseases and medical disasters, and a somewhat jaundiced view of his own medical profession. This was a view that did not sit well with the romanticised image of doctors at the time.

  • James A Best

  • Sydney, NSW

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