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Edinburgh Medical Detectives: The Return Of Sherlock Holmes

Date(s): 28 September 2020 - 5 October 2020

Time: 7pm

Cost: £2

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‘I had no idea that such individuals did exist out of stories’.
-Dr Watson ‘A Study in Scarlet’

Back by popular demand our Curator returns to investigate Edinburgh’s 19th century ‘medical detectives’ as part of our Surgeons Hall Museums On Demand lecture series.


Discover Edinburgh’s 19th Century ‘medical detectives’ and their influence on Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous character, Sherlock Holmes. Delve into many of the real crimes and investigations which took place in Edinburgh and cast a spotlight on the men tasked with solving the case. We look at the increasing abilities of medical witnesses to prove murder and why the Edinburgh criminal scene provided such rich material for Conan Doyle.


This is a pre-recorded lecture last approximately 1 hour and delivered specifically for Surgeons Hall Museums online program. Ticket holders will receive exclusive access to view this lecture at their leisure for 7 days from Monday the 28th of September to . Ticket holders can also ask questions in the comments section below which will be answered by the speaker.

We will email attendees the link and password to lecture through Eventbrite by 3pm on Monday the 28th of September. The lecture will then be accessible for 7 days. Please keep a look out for your login details and check spam if not received.

 Eventbrite charge a booking fee (0.49p + 6.5% of the ticket value) for this event which is included in your ticket price but is non-refundable.

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