The Medical Lives of History`s Famous People

The Cocaine Addiction of Sir Arthur Conan Doyleʼs Sherlock Holmes

Author(s): William James Maloney

Pp: 164-171 (8)

DOI: 10.2174/9781608059362114010032

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The brilliant British detective, Sherlock Holmes, has fascinated millions worldwide with his uncanny ability to solve crimes by using the most miniscule of clues. The reader learns much about this character- a creation of the mind of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. One of the darker characteristics of Sherlock Holmes is his cocaine addiction. The personality and thought processes of the fictional character are very similar to those of many real-life ordinary individuals. They think that they can use cocaine when life is not very exciting and avoid it during other more stimulating periods. This erroneous thought process can lead to many horrible complications and manifestations of cocaine use. Not least among these complications is addiction.

Keywords: Bruxism, Cocaine, dopamine, headaches, lidocaine, occlusal wear, photograph, spiritualism, tooth decay.

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