Can You Identify These Famous Fictional Physicians?

Albert B. Lowenfels, MD


August 06, 2018

A Complicated Plot Twist

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Agatha Christie's best-selling novel And Then There Were None has a complicated plot in which 10 people from different walks of life are brought together on an island where they all eventually meet their not-so-accidental death. In an unusual plot twist, the reader learns that each of characters on the island has been involved in murder.

Some, but not all, of the characters die of poisoning—one of Christie's favorite methods of murder in her novels.[4] One of the characters on the island is a surgeon named Dr Edward Armstrong, who falls to his death when he is pushed off one of the island's cliffs. The reader learns that Armstrong is responsible for the death of an elderly woman on whom he operated while he was intoxicated.

And Then There Were None is considered one of Christie's greatest mystery novels, one that Christie noted as being one of the most challenging for her to write, most likely because of its intricate plot.

With respect to the other characters listed in this question, Dick Diver appeared in F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1934 novel Tender is the Night; Henry Jekyll is the well-known fictional physician from Robert Louis Stevenson's classic 1886 novel The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde; and Hannibal Lecter is the forensic psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer in Thomas Harris's thrilling book series and film adaptations, including Silence of the Lambs.


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