Are you a Sherlock Holmes or a Dr Watson?


Watching the TV show Sherlock this week, got me thinking about how doctors reach a diagnosis. Does it require the attention to detail and the detached analytic skills of Holmes? Or the more intuitive and reflective approach of his assistant Dr Watson?

Clinicians in the UK put this question to the test when they assessed the clinical reasoning processes of junior doctors working in an ED.

They discovered that the doctors used both analytical and intuitive thinking skills in