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  Elementary, My Dear Watson
Posted by Ed Zorn on 2001/03/05 16:12:16 US/Eastern

This is interesting--a short article about the medical professor, Dr. Joseph Bell, that inspired Sherlock Holmes. Conan Doyle followed him around on his rounds, became his "Dr. Watson" as it were, and learned from his deductive reasoning: "Dr. Bell observed the way a person moved. The walk of a sailor varied vastly from that of a solider. If he identified a person as a sailor he would look for any tattoos that might assist him in knowing where their travels had taken them. He trained himself to listen for small differences in his patient's accents to help him identify where they were from. Bell studied the hands of his patients because calluses or other marks could help him determine their occupation."http://www.siracd.com/work_bell.shtml

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