This is a basic generally workmanlike biography of dr joseph bell the edinburgh surgeon who was likely the real life inspiration for the fictional sherlock holmes arthur conan doyle was a student of bells at the edinburgh medical college. Dr joe bell model for sherlock holmes ely m liebow popular press it is to you that i owe sherlock holmes wrote arthur conan doyle to his former professor and mentor dr joseph bell in 1892. Based on extensive research into the life of bell and including tantalizing accounts of the connections between bell and conan doyle this biography is required reading for anyone interested in victorian medicine in the history of detective fiction and in sherlock holmes and dr watson. Joe bell was a dedicated husband and father and some of my favorite parts of the book dealt with his relationships with this family he was a deeply religious man and re i have been a fan of sherlock holmes ever since as a teenager i read my first holmes mystery
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