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On Detective Fiction and Other Things

William B. Bean, M.D.
Arch Intern Med. 1962;109(3):374. doi:10.1001/archinte.1962.03620150124026.
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G. F. McCleary is well along into his tenth decade. I know of no other non-agenarians besides Parkes Weber and, until his recent death, Walter Bierring, who have managed to continue their interests and continue to make contributions so steadfastly. Here is a book not only for the Baker Street Irregulars and devotees of detective fiction in general, but for anyone who can appreciate a charmingly turned essay and who wishes to get insights from a man who has combined the careers of musician, physician, friend of many famous and some great personages of his time, and master of the craft of the essay.

Nearly the first half of the book deals with various aspects of Sherlock Holmes and his creator, Conan Doyle. Some of them are not altogether unlike detective stories, so I will not give away plot or denouement.

McCleary's early career was in music, and there is


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