Tragedy Averted

“Then, in the winter of 1867-68, the boy’s health worsened. He was growing fast, and thin … He was taken to London to see an eminent specialist.” ‘Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street’ Sir William S. Baring-Gould, Biographer.

Illustrated London News, Saturday, November 23, 1867

Perhaps if 13 year old Sherlock had not survived, the Holmes family at Mycroft, their farming estate in Yorkshire, would have turned to Peter Robinson’s Court and General Mourning Warehouse. Note that “goods” may be sent along with a dressmaker, if desired, to any part of England. Talk about convenience.

Meanwhile, at a (somewhat rundown) clinic, the detective meets with his shrink…

December 1893 London Illustrated News Advertisement

From Sherlock Holmes’ Initial Session, Le Dieppe Clinic, Normandy 25/August/1920 “With little thought, M. Holmes continued to self-medicate, not daily, but frequently, ‘as necessary,’ throughout his youth, especially aged thirteen to sixteen. He recalls his ever-ready Toothache Drops (cocaine) as a favourite. Even then, he perceived these products as medicines that one used to ‘get through’ what one must. He is unsure when ‘getting through’ began to apply to daily life.”       P. Joubert, Medical Director

—“Sherlock Holmes and the Remaining Improbable”  by Susanne Dutton, coming soon from Propertius Press