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Neurologists put their sleuthing techniques to good use as crime writers

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f5421 (Published 05 September 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5421
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1BMJ

Neurologists have an “innate detective sensibility” that has led a number of them to become successful authors of detective fiction, says a review published online in Practical Neurology.1

Neuroscientists Peter Kempster and Andrew Lees argue that neurologists’ ability to solve a neurological mystery lies in their skills of observation, inquiry, and abductive reasoning—often from minor clues—which are similar to those deployed in the solving of crime.

Several neurologists have put those skills to good use in …

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