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David Oliver: Should doctors be on first name terms?

BMJ 2020; 370 doi: (Published 09 September 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;370:m3408

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Re: David Oliver: Should doctors be on first name terms?

Dear Editor
First names are for friends, other doctors or lay people. Doctors need to address their patients by titles as well, mr or mrs. When I was a young attending physician, I could not bring myself to address senior attendings by their first names unless they asked me to.Titles, to me , imply certain respect and distance. In U.S. even the staff calls patients
by their first names and, sometimes, by their last names without titles. Since medical practice have recently become a business, I guess, this is to be expected.

F.Ahmed M.D.

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20 September 2020
fakhiuddin ahmed
physician, retired
100 landing road, ,roslyn, ny 11576