Doyle studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh (1876 – 1881). However, his parents thought that he would follow in their footsteps and study art, therefore, he did not. As well as studying Medicine, he was also inspired to write his Sherlock Holmes studies about a teacher at the university.
"A former university professor of Doyle's named Joseph Bell inspired Doyle to write the Holmes books. Bell's powers of observation were so well reproduced in Doyle's depiction of Holmes that Rudyard Kipling recognised him at once, asking Doyle, "Is this my old friend, Dr. Joe?"