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The Real World of Sherlock

The Real World of Sherlock
a talk by
Professor B. J. Rahn
co-sponsored by
The Adventuresses of Sherlock Holmes


Based on the new paperback edition of
The Real World of Sherlock, this lecture by Professor B.J. Rahn explores how closely (or not) Holmes' fictional world represents Victorian life. This lecture will provide a fascinating insight into crime and detection in nineteenth-century London by tracing how the work of police detectives and CSI evolved in this era. From footprint analysis and human blood testing to fingerprinting and crime-scene photography, comparing Holmes' methods with official procedures yields several surprises as does research into Sherlock's fabled drug addiction. 



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