Views & Reviews Medical Classics

A Study in Scarlet

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 03 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1138
  1. Sabreena Malik, clinical editor, doc2doc
  1. smalik{at}

    Set in the dun coloured London of telegrams and hansom cabs, when the city’s population was half of what it is today, this, the earliest adventure of the crime solving duo Sherlock Holmes and “his dear” Dr Watson, describes the first acquaintance of the legendary pair, their beginnings at 221b Baker Street, and the murder of two Mormon Americans.

    The historic meeting takes place in a laboratory at Bart’s Hospital, where, recovering from a shattered scapula and damaged subclavian artery (incurred by a musket bullet in the second Anglo-Afghan war), John H Watson MD, former army surgeon and the …

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