Medical School Diploma Signed by Joseph Bell's Father
This is an original Edinburgh medical school diploma from 1849 signed by Benjamin Bell, the father and predecessor of Joseph Bell. It is matted and framed, and was donated by Joseph Coppola, BSI.
Conan Doyle attended Edinburgh and received his Bachelor of Medicine (M.B.) and Master of Surgery (C.M.) there in 1881. In July 1885 he received his M.D. from the University of Edinburgh, and would have received a similar diploma. Conan Doyle based Sherlock Holmes on Joseph Bell, who was one of his instructors at Edinburgh.
John Baesch has kindly translated the Latin: Royal College of Surgeons of the City of Edinburgh. Be it witnessed by these letters that the able man Andrew Crichton Chalmers having duly completed the prescribed studies and taken both written and oral examination with the result that he seems good to take up all surgery just as much as pharmacy. Edinburgh, the fourth of August, 1848.
According to The Medical Register (1872): Andrew Crichton Chalmers, of 6 Upper Gell Street, Sheffield, qualified as M.D. Univ. Edin. 1848 and Lic. R. Coll. Surg. Edin. 1848, was registered on Jan. 19, 1859.