The Strange Case of Dr. Doyle

The Strange Case of Dr. Doyle

A Journey Into Madness & Mayhem

Book - 2015
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In the spring of 1905, members of an exclusive club of crime enthusiasts known as Our Society were taken on a guided excursion through Whitechapel, one of London's most notorious districts, by Dr. Frederick Gordon Brown, the chief police surgeon for the City of London. But this was no ordinary sightseeing tour. The focus of the outing was Jack the Ripper's reputed murder sites, and among the guests that day was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of the world's greatest detective, Sherlock Holmes.

Here, now, in The Strange Case of Dr. Doyle by first-time son/father writing team Daniel Friedman, MD, and Eugene Friedman, MD, you are cordially invited to join a recreation of that tour. This expedition, however, will differ from the original in one very important way: It will be led by celebrated author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle himself. As you stroll beside Doyle and his other guests, you will travel to the location of each of the five canonical Ripper murders. Thanks to your guide's observations and opinions, all of which are based on actual historical accounts, you will learn as much about the district of Whitechapel as you will the terrible Ripper killings that occurred there.

After each stop on the tour, you will also become acquainted with the life of Arthur Conan Doyle, from his earliest days in Edinburgh to his first taste of success as a writer. You will observe Arthur's hardships at home, his experiences at boarding school, his adventures at sea, his university education, and his days as a working medical doctor. You will be granted a picture of the man as few have ever seen him. As you alternate between biography and tour, you will become a Holmes-like detective, unearthing facts, discovering details, and piecing together information about both Jack the Ripper and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. If you maintain a sharp mind and a keen eye, at the end of your journey, you may just uncover a truth you never expected to find.

Publisher: Garden City Park, NY :, Square One Publishers,, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780757003486
Characteristics: xi, 339 pages : illustrations
Additional Contributors: Friedman, Eugene
Alternative Title: Strange case of Doctor Doyle


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Oct 25, 2016

This book, written by two doctors, follows two tracks, which alternate throughout the book. One is a biography of Arthur Conan Doyle and his transition from physician to creator of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries. The other is a fictional story of Doyle in 1910, as he and an exclusive group of friends (both men and women) retrace the steps of Jack the Ripper and tries to solve the mystery Holmes-style. The fictional conclusion is less than satisfying, but it is the authors' claim that is the most shocking - that it was Doyle himself who was the Ripper! The evidence for this is circumstantial at best, and laughable at first glance. Still, it's not a bad first effort for the father-and-son writing team.

Sep 04, 2016

A very thought provoking thesis about the identity of Jack the Ripper. A page turner for any Ripper fan.

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