Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:

Letters Manners in medicine

What’s in a name?

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 15 July 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a687

Rapid Response:

Civil liberty

Ms Medrington is right to expect civility when being greeted by
doctors, who should not take liberties of unwelcome familiarity (1).

In Austria the traditional courtesies are still rigorously observed
when addressing a patient.

In Australia the patients called me Doctor John; I called them all
"Mate". The Sheilas loved it.

(1) BMJ 2008;337:a687

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

21 July 2008
Dr John Doherty
Medical Director
IAEA, Vienna, 1400, Austria