Joseph Bell

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Dr. Joseph Bell

Dr. Joseph Bell, M.D.[a 1], F.R.C.S. Eng[a 2], J.P.D.L., (2 December 1837 in Edinburgh, Scotland – 4 October 1911 in Milton Bridge, Midlothian, Scotland) was a Scottish surgeon and lecturer at the medical school of the University of Edinburgh. He was also called Joe Bell.[1]

"Bell, best known for being Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's model for Sherlock Holmes, was a colleague of [Joseph] Lister at the Royal Infirmery in Edinburgh and was one of the first surgeons to adopt the antiseptic technique. Dr. Bell was especially interested in surgery on children, had a gentle touch, and in 1887 was appointed surgeon to the first surgical ward in the Royal Edinburgh Hospital for Sick Children."[2]

Circumcision promotion

In 1873, Bell claimed he cured several boys of bed wetting by circumcising them, so he recommended circumcision for intractable bed-wetting (see publication).


External links

  • REFweb Wikipedia article: Joseph Bell. Retrieved 13 October 2021.


  1. REFweb Doctor of Medicine, Wikipedia. Retrieved 14 June 2021.
  2. REFweb Royal College of Surgeons of England, Wikipedia. Retrieved 14 October 2021. (Also abbreviated RCS England and sometimes RCS.)


  1. REFweb Joseph Bell, The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia. Retrieved 13 October 2021.
  2. REFbook Raffensperger, John G.: Children's Surgery: A Worldwide History. p. 106. Retrieved 13 October 2021.