Holmes @ Le Dieppe Clinique – Excerpt from his Admittance Interview*….. August 1920
21 August 1920
Patient: Holmes, Sherlock
Age: 66…….Birth Date: 6 January 1854……….Citizenship: UK
Address: Bolt Cottage, near Beachy Head, Eastbourne, England
Height: 190.5 cm………..Weight: 72 kg………..BP: K 100/60
Marital Status: never married Occupation: consulting detective, retired
Presenting Issue(s): underweight/malnutrition, vitamin deficiencies. Self-reported: inability to concentrate, bad dreams, insomnia, “Peace of mind at a new low.”
Visitors: None expected.
Comment: M. Holmes is admitted on his own authority. He transferred cocaine in his possession, and associated paraphernalia, to this clinic. He arrives with a large number of trunks. I approved all to be taken to his room, contingent on inspection. Contents included constituents of patient’s favoured diet—tins of tea, crackers, honey of a peculiar red colour, assorted packs of cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, pipes, at least two hundred books. Also, violin in case, music stand, sheet music. A small ormolu clock, walking stick. One trunk clothing.
+Nurse La Fon says M. Holmes has been shown to his room, but requests immediate transfer to a more secluded area or reallocation of patients in adjacent rooms due to “incessant raucous activity” therein. She sees no reason why the clinic should not move M. Holmes to a more private location. I concur.
Pierre Joubert, Director
*Sherlock Holmes and the Remaining Improbable by Susanne Dutton, soon at Propertius Press*
The Game is not afoot. The Better-Every-Day world of 1895 is gone, even hard to recall, as WWI ends. Holmes fills out entry papers at a rundown psychiatric clinic on the Normandy coast. Now that the law declares his cocaine use illegal, he aims to quit entirely. Confronted by a question as to his “treatment goal,” he hesitates, aware that his real goal far exceeds the capacity of any clinic. Holmes’ scribbled response, never before encountered by his long-experienced doctor, soon churns interlocking mystery and desperate action into the lives of enemies and friends both.