The Cocaine Addiction of Sir Arthur Conan Doyleʼs Sherlock Holmes
Pp. 164-171 (8)
William James Maloney
The brilliant British detective, Sherlock Holmes, has fascinated millions
worldwide with his uncanny ability to solve crimes by using the most miniscule of
clues. The reader learns much about this character- a creation of the mind of Sir Arthur
Conan Doyle. One of the darker characteristics of Sherlock Holmes is his cocaine
addiction. The personality and thought processes of the fictional character are very
similar to those of many real-life ordinary individuals. They think that they can use
cocaine when life is not very exciting and avoid it during other more stimulating
periods. This erroneous thought process can lead to many horrible complications and
manifestations of cocaine use. Not least among these complications is addiction.
Bruxism, Cocaine, dopamine, headaches, lidocaine, occlusal wear,
photograph, spiritualism, tooth decay.
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