Doyle’s World—Lost & Found

The Unknown Histories of Sherlock Holmes and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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Doyle’s World—Lost & Found
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6.0 X 9.0 in
256 pg


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By:  Daniel Friedman, MD
Eugene Friedman, MD


​Doyle's World is no ordinary biography about one of the world’s most influential writers. It is instead a work that deciphers the cryptic origins and actual scientific methods used by fiction’s most famous consulting detective Sherlock Holmes—a work that provides a detailed look into the psyche of Holmes’ creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The book follows Doyle’s illustrious literary career as the Sherlock Holmes mysteries evolved from the late 1880s to the early 1900s. Revealed here for the first time—by son-father writing team Daniel Friedman, MD and Eugene Friedman, MD—are the many inspirations that lay behind the physical, emotional, and intellectual characteristics that Doyle wove together so deftly to bring his legendary sleuth to life. Readers are in for many surprises as the Friedmans bring forth tantalizing parallels between the literary realm of Sherlock Holmes and the actual events from Doyle’s childhood and early adulthood that served as frequent inspiration.

The authors offer answers to long-debated and mysterious questions, such as:

* Who was the real-life inspiration behind Holmes’ arch enemy, Professor Moriarty?
* Why did Holmes have such disdain for Scotland Yard?
* What was Holmes’ relationship to Mrs. Hudson?
* Did Holmes resort to murder?
* Why did Doyle lobby for divorce reform, while simultaneously attacking the suffragettes?
* From whom did Sherlock Holmes actually learn the art of detective work?

Doyle’s World ​is divided into two sections. The first is dedicated to the torments of Doyle’s childhood, and how it eventually gave rise to the Holmes character. The second section emphasizes the highly complex themes and plots present in the Sherlock Holmes adventures, while it also thoroughly examines Doyle’s strengths and weaknesses as a public figure of his time. The Friedmans also reveal how Doyle was able to subtly incorporate his own political and social views into the Holmes character. In addition, the authors offer in key spots of the book three “lost” stories they uncovered that were written by Doyle under pseudonyms.


Author Biography

Daniel L. Friedman, MD, received his BA from Stony Brook University, and his medical degree from St. George’s School of Medicine. He is currently a practicing pediatrician in Floral Park, New York, and is also an active member of the Cohen Children’s Medical Center, where he sits on the voluntary staff advisory committee. Dr. Friedman’s prize-winning articles on Doyle and Holmes have appeared in numerous national and international journals. He and Dr. Eugene Friedman are also the authors of the book, The Strange Case of Doctor Doyle. Dr. Friedman resides in Long Island, New York with his wife, Elena, and their three children.


Eugene Friedman, MD, received his BA from New York University, and his medical degree from New York Medical College. He was Chief Resident in Pediatrics at New York Medical College and later served as Assistant Chief of Pediatrics at Martin Army Hospital at Fort Benning, Georgia. Dr. Friedman has been in private practice with his son, Daniel, for over twenty years.. He has held multiple leadership positions in organized medicine and has devoted himself to the education of future physicians. He and his wife, Sheryl, live in Long Island, New York and have five children and fifteen grandchildren.