Dr. Watson

John H. Watson, known as Dr. Watson, is a fictional character in the Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Along with Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson first appeared in the novel A Study in Scarlet (1887). The last work by Doyle featuring Watson and Holmes is the short story "The Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place" (1927), but that is not the last story in the timeline of the series, which is "His Last Bow" (1917).

Dr. Watson
Sherlock Holmes character
Dr. Watson (left) and Sherlock Holmes, by Sidney Paget.
First appearanceA Study in Scarlet (1887)
Last appearance"The Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place" (1927, canon)
Created byArthur Conan Doyle
In-universe information
Full nameJohn H. Watson
TitleDoctor
OccupationPhysician, writer, consulting detective, Royal Army surgeon, war veteran
FamilyH. Watson Sr. (father; deceased)
SpouseMary Morstan (late 1880s – between 1891 and 1894)
Second unnamed wife (c. 1903–??)
NationalityBritish
Alma materSt Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College

Watson is Holmes's best friend, assistant and flatmate. He is the first-person narrator of all but four of the stories of the cases that he relates. Watson is described as a classic Victorian-era gentleman, unlike the more eccentric Holmes. He is astute and intelligent although he fails to match his friend's deductive skills.

As Holmes's friend and confidant, Watson has appeared in various films, television series, video games, comics and radio programmes.


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