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The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Case File Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born on May 22nd 1859 in Edinburgh, Scotland. His parents were Charles and Mary Doyle. In 1868, Conan Doyle was sent to Jesuit boarding school in England, aged only nine. This was possibly to protect him from the drunken rages of hi father at home, but he was fully aware when his father was put in a nursing facility, and later a mental asylum, to be treated. After this, in 1876, Conan Doyle attended the University of Edinburgh Medical School where he met Dr. Joseph Ball, the person who inspired the character of Sherlock Holmes. When he qualified, Doyle set up a medical practice in Southsea, near Portsmouth. It wasn't a great success, however, and he was left with plenty of time to write. His first published work was The Mystery of the Sasassa Valley in 1879 when he was 20. He served as a ship's surgeon on the Greenland whaler Hope before serving as a ship's surgeon on another boat, headed to West Africa. In 1881, a Bachelor of Medicine and Master of Surgery were awarded to Conan Doyle. He also left Liverpool to serve as a shipboard medical officer on the steamer Mayumba. After travelling for a year on the Mayumba, Conan Doyle left Portsmouth to establish his own medical practice. ...read more.


Whole new villages and communities grew up to serve the docks, but poverty was endemic because the wages were extremely low. London became an increasingly stratified city, with a relatively prosperous West End and a poor East End. Victorian England, at any rate until its final years, was a deeply religious country. A great number of people were habitual church or chapel-goers, at least once and probably twice, every Sunday. The Bible was frequently and widely read by people of every class; so too were such books as John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress. Yet towards the end of Queen Victoria's reign, the hold of organised religion upon the English people began to slacken. This was due in part to the expansion in the range of careers for university graduates, many of whom chose to go into education, business and scientific work rather than become priests or ministers. The depression in agriculture brought the stipends of the country clergy, dependent on tithes, down and recruitment to the Nonconformist ministry was challenged by the growth of the trade unions and the beginnings of the Labour party which attracted men who would probably have become preachers to become officials or lecturers instead. Another reason was the growth of scientific doubt - Charles Darwin's 1859 tome The Origin of the Species put forth the theory that man was not a separate ...read more.


Naturally, this aspect is minimized in the stories, which tend to focus on the more interesting cases that require actual legwork. He specializes in solving unusual cases using his extraordinary powers of observation and logical reasoning, and frequently demonstrates these abilities to new clients by making on-the-spot deductions about their personalities and recent activities. This simple marketing strategy rarely fails to impress and build confidence in his services. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle credited the conception of Holmes to his teacher at the medical school of Edinburgh University, the gifted surgeon and forensic detective, Joseph Bell (forensic science being a relatively new field at the time). However, some year's later Bell wrote to Conan Doyle, "You are yourself Sherlock Holmes and well you know it". Holmes was named after Oliver Wendell Holmes, whom Conan Doyle admired, and an English cricketer named Sherlock - however, some early notes give his name as Sherrinford Holmes and Shelling Ford. However, the source of the name "Sherlock" may have been a family connection. Doyle's grandmother was named Jane Sherlock. - burglars (in 'Round London') - burglars (in 'London Labour') - burglary (1) (2) (3) (4) - fear of - police duties (1903) - prevention see also Sex - Sexuality - Holywell Street, as centre for illicit prints - indecent exposure - indecent literature and prints &c. - indecent objects - photographs in shop windows - police regulation of adverts (1903) - Society for the Suppression of Vice - unnatural offences ...read more.

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