By Susanna Speier
Denver Private Investigator Blogger
The first collection of the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, on display now at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science (DMNS) was published on October 31, 1892. The book was dedicated to the man who inspired Arthur Conan Doyle to create Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Joseph Bell. The dedication read “[no] other name has a good a right to the place.”
See also, Why Colorado private investigators should not miss the Sherlock Holmes exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
Bell, according to the DMNS Sherlock Holmes exhibit, “was a pioneer for forensic science. He assisted the police in criminal investigations and testified at criminal inquests and murder trials. Bell emphasized that careful observation –or induction– was just as important in medicine as it was in police work. “The student must be taught how to observe,” he insisted.
The tweed clad detective was also a popular Halloween costume in 2015. The modern private investigator prototype’s connection to forensic science may not have been explicitly present, however, the characteristics that defined Holmes and the principles of forensics that Bell helped to pioneer such as close observation and following the hunch by gathering information, was present throughout. — More—