The idea of a physician-turned-writer may remind readers of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, especially when the genre is crime fiction. The description fits well for renowned forensic surgeon, Dr. B. Umadathan who died recently. Conan Doyle created Sherlock Holmes at a point in his life when he had no patients. In fact, medicine was the only field where the multifaceted Doyle failed to prove his merit. In Dr. Umadathan’s case, however, the medico-legal field is likely to remember him as one of it