“Person Under Investigation: Detecting Malingering and a Diagnostics of Suspicion in Fin-de-Siècle Britain”

Illustration of a sick man lying in bed, spreading his right arm towards a man on a suit, carrying a small box in one hand. Text on top: Collier's for November 22, 1913
Illustration from “The Adventure of the Dying Detective”, by Arthur Conan Doyle (Illustrated by Frederic Dorr Steele, 22 November 1913. Toronto Public Library Digital Archive)

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Dr. Lakshmi Krishnan‘s publication, which is part of the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics‘s special issue on Malingering & Health Policy, examines shifting conceptions of diagnosis & malingering in fin-de-siècle Great Britain by studying two important cases: Physician Cornélius Herz’s ordeal after the collapse of the French Panama Canal Company (1889) & Sherlock Holmes’ “Adventure of the Dying Detective” (1913).

Read the journal article.