Speculations of morality and spirituality in Arthur Conan Doyle’s
physical symptoms, such as markings upon the skin, placed there voluntarily, or otherwise.
Bell was able to discover facts about a patient’s behaviour that had been hidden from the general public. One case involved Bell identifying a former soldier as a bandsman in a Highlandregiment due to the ‘swagger in his walk, suggestive of the Piper’ and his short stature (Liebow 1982 : 176). Bell’s patient denied the doctor’s conclusion, claiming only to have ever been a cobbler. Not to be outdone and expecting to find evidence to corroborate his