Sherlock Holmes and Tropical Medicine: a Centennial Appraisal

William A. Sodeman Jr. Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine, Medical College of Ohio, Toledo, Ohio

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle incorporated an unidentified tropical disease as a murder weapon in the Sherlock Holmes story, “The Dying Detective,” written in 1913. Documentary and circumstantial evidence suggests that the disease mentioned was melioidosis. The description of the newly identified disease occurred shortly before Doyle's death. Doyle's other works at the time reflect a consistent interest in tropical disease.

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