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    Round the red lamp: being facts and fancies of medical life

    Conan Doyle, Authur (2023) Round the red lamp: being facts and fancies of medical life. Edinburgh Edition of the Works of Arthur Conan Doyle. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. ISBN 9781399519182.

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    Book synopsis: An often overlooked collection in Arthur Conan Doyle’s career, these tales actually track the vital moment in his life when he decided to shift careers from provincial medic to celebrated London author Detailed introduction, notes and scholarly apparatus Appendixes that collect extra medical tales, Conan Doyle’s early contributions to the medical press and the two one-act plays that he produced from two of the stories, including one of his greatest successes for the stage, Waterloo Introduction provides the medical context to help understand its place in Conan Doyle’s career This is a scholarly edition of Arthur Conan Doyle’s controversial collection of medical tales, first published in 1894 in the first flush of his fame. Conan Doyle had trained in medicine at Edinburgh University in the 1870s, and then spent eight years as a General Practitioner in Southsea, before deciding to become a professional author in 1890. The stories he collected in Round the Red Lamp are gathered from his medical training and incidents in his life as a provincial GP. Some of the stories are daring – dealing explicitly with child birth, sexually transmitted diseases and malpractice. Some are sentimental or comic vignettes. Some are Gothic horrors. On publication the shades of dark and light bewildered some of his readers and the medical realism outraged others. Round the Red Lamp is a vital collection in understanding Conan Doyle’s shift of profession from medic to author.


    Item Type: Book
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Depositing User: Roger Luckhurst
    Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2023 15:29
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:54


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