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February 23, 2009

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Luke

It makes sense that you should be able to call yourself a "doctor" with a JD (it is in the title); however, usually this isn't done. After all, "doctor" is Latin for "teacher," and people with a JD by and large do not acquire that degree for teaching purposes. They usually get a PhD in law (better hiring prospects). There are many joint JD/PhD programs.

JD degrees are more like MD degrees in that you are essentially confronted with a large course load, and work your way through it. PhD degrees, on the other hand, require the student to research and write a dissertation, which can take anywhere from 1 to 4 years (on top of course loads... and depending on how lazy the PhD student is... or how unlucky).

Professors at universities around the world have been using the word "doctor" for like 800 years. The medical profession stole this word around 200 years ago. You tell me, how is a "teacher" (doctor...) supposed to refer to someone who is a physician? How would it ever be sufficient for a lawyer?

The physician in that article is a bit of an ego-inflated fool, just like every other MD who has stolen and attributed the title of "doctor" to themselves over the past 200 years. The part about how the doctor title implies training in medical school is a laugh riot.

The part about how nurses are getting doctorates is even more laughable. This is exactly why they should be calling themselves "physician" and "nurse" and not "doctor." "Doctor" should refer only to those who have acquired vast knowledge in order to teach others. MDs could feasibly call themselves doctors while teaching at a university. That should be the extent of it. Is there a physician in the house?

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