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DSG D008 - The Game's Afoot: Sherlock Holmes & the Art of Dermatologic Diagnosis

Open admission to eligible categories, no tuition or ticket


Date: Sunday, March 03

CME Credits: 2.00

Location: Room C219

Time: 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Director: John E. Wolf, Jr., MD, FAAD

Learning Objectives:
Following this course, the attendee should be able to:

  • Discuss dermatologic references in the literature of Sherlock Holmes.
  • Identify classical Sherlockian principles of detection.
  • Apply these principles to the diagnosis of a wide variety of skin disorders.

Sherlock Holmes, the famous "consulting detective" of Victorian & Edwardian England, was born in 1854 and retired to tend bees on the Sussex Downs in 1903. The literary chronicles of his adventures bear many references to dermatologic disorders and even more insights into the crucial art of observation and detection. We will discuss the literature and the science of Sherlock Holmes, including diseases ranging from leprosy and jellyfish stings to Tapanuli Fever and Sumatran River Fever. The goal is to sharpen our diagnostic skills in the spectral presence of a master detective. The director suggests reading The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier and The Adventure of the Lion's Mane before attending.