Collective terms for doctors

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 21 December 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:1498
  1. Sanjay Pai, consultant pathologist (
  1. Manipal Hospital, Bangalore, India

    Why is it that you can see a pride of lions, a murder of crows, a parliament of owls, and other such delightful collective terms, but only a boring crowd of journalists, historians, and doctors? In fact, one uses the same collective term, “crowd,” for all sorts of doctors.

    I propose a new set of collective terms for doctors. This list is a rather subjective choice, but I have tried to use terms appropriate to each …

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