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D001 - The Game's Afoot: Sherlock Holmes & The Art of Dermatologic Diagnosis

Friday, March 1; 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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 and Edwardian England, was born in 1854 and retired in 1903 to tend bees on the Sussex Downs. The literary chronicles of his adventures hold many references to dermatologic disorders and even more insights into the crucial art of observation and detection. We will discuss the literature and 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.


  • Wolf, John E. Jr., MD: no financial relationships exist with commercial interests.
Friday, March 1
9:00 AM
Dr. Wolf / The Game's Afoot: Sherlock Holmes and the Art of Dermatologic Diagnosis
Event Details
  • Date
    Friday, March 1
  • Time
    9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Location
    Salon H
  • CME Credits
  • Type
  • John E. Wolf Jr., MD, FAAD