The Baskerville Hall Club of Sweden

Graduation Day
On this day in 1881, Arthur Conan Doyle graduated from the University of Edinburgh with his Bachelor of Medicine. An actual MD would require that he complete a thesis, but for all intents and purposes, he was now considered qualified to practice.
Arthur matriculated at Edinburgh in October of 1876 and, while he intended to get through university as quickly as possible in order to begin supporting himself and contributing to his family, the necessity of combining courses with paid work as a medical assistant meant that he actually took a bit longer to finish. He was not the best student, he remembered, but always “one of the ruck, neither lingering nor gaining—a sixty per cent man at examinations.”l His performance in his final exams bears this out; in a letter to his friend and mentor Dr. Reginald Hoare, he reported that, while he took honors in his written Medicine and the Midwifery oral, he found both the Medicine and Surgery orals “fearful” and “beastly,” respectively? Still, it was over, and following a graduation address which coupled advice on dealing with homeopathy, patient diversity, and one’s own pride, he and his 126 confreres shook hands with their professors before heading off into their bright, promising futures.

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