Why surgeons are called “mister”, not “doctor”

08 Nov

Have you ever wondered why doctors are titled “Dr” but when they become surgeons they are called “Mr”? I have it on very good authority from a learned legal expert in Australia, that in the early days of medicine doctors diagnosed and prescribed medications but did not wield the knife, or the saw for dissections or amputations. That task was deputed to the local butchers who only bore the title “Mister”. Once the art of body opening and cutting became more precise and entered the mainstream of medicine the title was retained.

While experiencing some indelicate cutting and prodding under a local anaesthetic the other day, I briefly mused that perhaps it still falls within the brief of the meat trade!

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Posted by on 8 November, 2008 in Humor


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