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The name Dr Alan Garcia occurs in two Poirot stories. Because their occupations are very similar, and both stories are written in roughly the same time period, the two are likely to be the same person.

  • The Lernean Hydra - Dr Alan Garcia is a Home Office Analyst. At Poirot's request, the body of the wife of Dr Charles Oldfield was exhumed. Dr Garcia examined the body and found a quantity of arsenic more than sufficient to cause death.
  • Sad Cypress - Dr Alan Garcia is introduced as a famous analyst. He testifies at the trial of Elinor Carlisle that he had examined the contents of the stomach of the deceased Mary Gerrard and found that she had died from morphine poisoning. He tells the court that there was nothing in the deceased's stomach except bread, butter, fish paste, tea and morphia, but there was nothing to suggest that the morphia was in the fish paste rather than any of the other mediums.
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