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Letters “Doctor” as an anachronism

No, mate, use of the title “Doctor” is not an anachronism that disrespects patients

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 23 December 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6912
  1. John Doherty, retired occupational physician1
  1. 1International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna 1040, Austria
  1. dr.johndoherty{at}

Medical titles may well reinforce a clinical hierarchy and inculcate deference …

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