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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was known for creating one of the world’s most famous fictional detectives: Sherlock Holmes. But in real life, Conan Doyle was a physician and medical sleuth, much like his other creation, John Watson. In his new book “The Remedy,” author Thomas Goetz tells the true story of how Conan Doyle investigated rumors of a cure for tuberculosis, and how his detective work into this medical mystery inspired the Sherlock Holmes stories.

Guests:
Thomas Goetz, author of "The Remedy: Robert Koch, Arthur Conan Doyle, and the Quest to Cure Tuberculosis" and former executive editor of WIRED magazine

  • Robert Thomas

    Reading Journey to the End of the Night by Louis-Ferdinand Céline lead me to the history of Dr Ignaz Semmelweis, who had been the subject of Céline’s PhD thesis.

  • eriksf

    Years ago I met a group of Berkeley professors up in the Berkeley hills who were tracking Conan Doyle’s movements in the Bay Area where they said he had come following some clues to his mystical pursuits (they were searching for his initials on a giant boulder up on a ridge above UCB). Any knowledge of this?

  • Thomas Goetz

    I hadn’t heard that ACD spent time in the Bay Area! Will surely look this up!

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