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.
"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."
In 1873, Bell claimed he cured several boys of bed wetting by circumcising them, so he recommended circumcision for intractable bed-wetting (see publication).
- Bell J. Nocturnal incontinence of urine cured by circumcision. Edinburgh Medical Journal. May 1873; 1(9): 1034.
- Wikipedia article: Joseph Bell. Retrieved 13 October 2021.