Subcutaneously My Dear Watson

Subcutaneously My Dear Watson A detailed study of the use of cocaine in Arthur Conan Doyle s immortal Detective stories It provides an insight into the attitudes prevalent in the late nineteenth century toward the use of and addic

  • Title: Subcutaneously My Dear Watson
  • Author: Jack Tracy Jim Berkey Paul M. McCall
  • ISBN: 9780934468251
  • Page: 203
  • Format: Paperback
  • A detailed study of the use of cocaine in Arthur Conan Doyle s immortal Detective stories It provides an insight into the attitudes prevalent in the late nineteenth century toward the use of and addiction to cocaine The authors trace the effects of Holmes s drug habit on his career as a detective and on his relationship with Doctor Watson The concise and interesting styA detailed study of the use of cocaine in Arthur Conan Doyle s immortal Detective stories It provides an insight into the attitudes prevalent in the late nineteenth century toward the use of and addiction to cocaine The authors trace the effects of Holmes s drug habit on his career as a detective and on his relationship with Doctor Watson The concise and interesting style is enhanced by many illustrations giving graphic historical perspective to the narrative The book is a must for the Holmes buff and for those interested in early Anglo American beliefs about cocaine and its effects 89pp, 5 x8 , pub 1978, illustrated The text and format were planned by James A Rock Jack Tracy, typography by Lynne A Rock Composed in 12 pt Baskerville type, printed on creme white Sebago, 60 pound stock The entire book was printed by the web offset method by R.R Donnelley Sons, of Chicago, Illinois.

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    1. What Lack Tracy does in this book is trace the use cocaine by Sherlock Holmes in relation to his career as revealed in the Canon, though to do so he draws conclusions and makes inferences that not all followers of the Great Detective will find palatable. The first thing he does is dispose of the idea that Holmes is the dispassionate logician we think of him as. According to Tracy, "The real Sherlock Holmes, as Dr Watson described him, may have aspired to emotionless objectivity, but he fell far [...]

    2. Enjoyed this quick read. However, I am not a crazy Sherlockian, just great admirer of Doyle's creation, so the book making Holmes out to be a real person was slightly strange. I know the Baker Street Irregulars have strong notions that Holmes was, in fact, a very real person, and Watson and Doyle were colleagues. Still, I enjoyed the historical background on drug use in Victorian England present in the book and I did like how it explained through historical references and references to the Sherl [...]

    3. Interesting topic, but I was annoyed by a purportedly non-fiction book taking up the "Holmes is real and Conan Doyle is Watson's literary agent" convention. I guess the Baker Street Irregulars are a bit nuts, but I think it restricted the book's scope and depth, and "degraded what should have been a course of lectures into a series of tales."

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