He was referred to our office by the excellent Dr. Watson, who served in the War with my husband, Dr. Vesalius-Steinberger.
Dr. Watson is primarily a surgeon, having honed his skills in the military. Since it has been difficult to coerce Mr. Holmes to enter a physician’s office, Dr. Watson has been serving as his physician.
Our relationship began when Dr. Watson had been called out of town and Mr. Holmes was in need of medical consultation.
It has been bruited about that this great gentleman is not “real.” Fah on that!
Dr. Conan Doyle knows this gentleman quite well and has artfully created the illusion that Mr. Holmes is a character existing only in Dr. Doyle’s mind. It was done at the behest of Mr. Holmes. And Dr. Doyle assumed the nom de plume of Dr. Watson. Blessings on Literary License!
Although Mr. Holmes has been of the persuasion that Medicine must be an exact science, he has come to understand our philosophy of practice.
Mr. Holmes is adamant in his belief that detection is an exact science, devoid of emotion. After his consultations with us, he has reached the conclusion that Medicine is indeed unique (to an extent).
He has now determined that it is only in the practice of medicine that the arcane and intuitive can comfortably combine with science, deduction and facts.
Yes, yes, Mr. Holmes is a tad untidy in his personal habits. And it is due to this spark of disorder that we were able to communicate our style of medical practice.
In our consulting rooms, the patient is listened to, every nuance of expression evaluated, and his blood is drawn for us to analyze in our laboratory. Here, in one place, just patient and doctor.
“Ah, the beauty of it,” as Mr. Holmes once commented to us.
Yes, I am honored to be a physician, to care for my patients, to listen to them.