The Bookshop Poisoning by Daniel Winterstein
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A Background Timeline
- 1854? 1861? Sherlock Holmes would have been born (inferred from various stray comments).
- 1858: Elizabeth Blackwell becomes the first female UK doctor, but this is through a non-repeatable
legal loophole (Blackwell was educated in the USA. The 1858 Medical Act recognised doctors with foreign degrees who had been working in Britain before 1858).
- 1869: Sophia Jex-Blake and 6 other students are allowed to attend medical lectures at Edinburgh School of Medicine.
- 1873: The University refuses to grant the women degrees and rules that they should not have been admitted in the first place. Jex-Blake will eventually qualify as a doctor outside of the UK.
- 1877: Arthur Conan-Doyle works for Dr Joseph Bell, who he will later base Serlock Holmes on.
- 1886: The Edinburgh School of Medicine for Women was founded by Dr Sophia Jex-Blake.
- 1887: First Sherlock Holmes story, A Study in Scarlet, is published in
- 1892: Scottish universities allow the education of women.