Intended for healthcare professionals

Letters Please don’t call me mum

Asking people how they want to be addressed is easy

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: (Published 01 November 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6251
  1. Sebastian Hendricks, consultant audiovestibular physician and paediatrician
  1. Department of Paediatric Audiology and Audiovestibular Medicine, Edgware Hospital, Edgware HA8 0AD, UK
  1. sebastian.hendricks{at}

I always cringe when I hear colleagues calling mothers “mum.”1 Fathers seem to be called “dad” less often in comparison.

It seems to have a cultural element, being more commonly said by people from cultures in which extended family has traditional strong bonds. So, …

View Full Text

Log in

Log in through your institution


* For online subscription