A patient by any other name...
As an anaesthetic registrar I introduce myself to up to ten patients
in a normal working day during the pre-operative consultation. By default
I address all patients who are substantially older than myself as "Mr" or
"Mrs". I find those who prefer to be addressed by their first name will
soon tell me so ("Call me Doris, dear, not Mrs Smith!"), while those of a
more traditional mindset feel they are being treated with dignity and
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