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A little-known aspect of Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930):the call of India and a debt to Walter Scott (1771-1832)

Gardner, D L; Macnicol, M F; Endicott, Phillip; Rayner, Daniel; Geissler, P


This paper recalls the early life of Dr Arthur Conan Doyle when his writing centred briefly on India. The significance of a young female skeleton given to the museum of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1879 is reviewed. Morphometric and genetic evidence is provided to show that the skeleton originated in the Andaman Islands. It is suggested that Doyle saw it during his undergraduate or early postgraduate years, leading him to introduce an Andaman Islander into his novel The Sign of...[Show more]

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Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Medical Biography
DOI: 10.1258/jmb.2008.008004


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