Is it really that important to call doctors "doctors"?
It is one of the few professions where we regularly address the person by a formal title, outside of various religious and governmental posts (which are equally ridiculous, in my opinion). We don't call someone Lawyer Bernstein or Accountant O'flanagan.
Sometimes we try saying Nurse So-and-So, but somehow even that never really caught on, not since that nurse on the original Star Trek, Nurse...what's her name. See? Even that didn't really catch on. BTW, "Bones"-now that's a real doctor's name!
This is a form of propping up the self esteem of physicians. Physicians like to and need to believe they are special and society also wants to believe they're special. Our health and bodies are sacred and arguably our most valuable possessions so its comforting to think someone special is taking care of them, someone with a magical title.
This also motivates young people to go into medicine. Being a doctor is emotionally, temporally and increasingly financially tough so the reverent MD title is held as an additional carrot so smart people will keep going into medicine which society must have. This is especially true in underdeveloped countries.
It is at least something the middle aged doctor can hold up as an asset when she sees her college roommates making more money and climbing the corporate ladder by doing less work in finance and other nonmedical fields.
One of the pitfalls of being called a doctor is that doctors may become psychologically bonded to the title and use it as a crutch. "Forget about my critical thinking skills, my communication skills, creativity and risk taking ability, at least I'm a doctor so I've already proven myself." The title says I'm smart and good and hardworking so I'm done.
It becomes different to separate being a doctor from being a person. The psychological impact at retirement is also interesting as it becomes challenging for the physician who went to work to be treated as the respected doctor for 40 years to suddenly sit a home and be the guy who takes out the trash.
What I'm wondering is does the average American see the hypocrisy in our government's protest of Mr. Putin's recent encroachment upon Ukrainian affairs or do they actually not realize it. In other words, is Joe Six Pack cognizant of America's similarly tenuous invasions of Iraq, Iraq the Sequel, Grenada, Somalia, etc. or does he actually not know or not remember they happened. We won't even mention our forefather's invasion and annexation of the New World and Manifest Destiny.
Its probably a combination of both but I have a feeling many actually don't see the irony. This type of myopia is scary myopia and the way the past is so easily forgotten is also scary as well as sad. But I guess that's what seeing the world through the lens of tribalism does.
Of course, Europe and America has to condemn Putin's actions to contain him (what else are they going to say), but the shriller they protest the more glaring the hypocrisy, to me at least.
I think it would be interesting the next time the US invades a country for the American media to give front and center attention to sanctimonious condemnations issued by the other world powers. Just for fun.
Why I Don't Take Medicine
I'm aware that admitting / proclaiming that I don't take medicine sets me up to be bucketed in with the nutty religious people who handle snakes and let their kids die on rare occasions before allowing them to go to the hospital.
That's not me.