"Allow me to write his obituary."
Once when a media studies professor called herself a doctor, I laughed audibly in the lecture theatre.
@Banetersaurus Rex, and how did that turn out for ya?
@realslimsanchez, I definitely understand your point, but I kind of see it differently. Most of these professors have obtained the degree of PhD in their various fields, which stands for Doctor of Philosophy. Philosophy means "love of wisdom," which just expresses their love and dedication to their respective fields of study. I understand you're speaking about medical doctors and I do agree with you; however, these professors have dedicated many, many years of their lives to their respective fields to earn the title of doctor so I completely understand and support their use of that title. I think it's more about expressing respect for the time and effort these non-medical doctors expended towards their fields.
Sorry for the long post, but just felt like it this perspective should be shared. Have a great day!
@Banetersaurus Rex, that seems rude to me. The sheer amount of work it takes to earn a doctorate means as a student, until given some other reason not to, you should give her respect.
@Banetersaurus Rex, I'm curious; would you have had the same reaction to a mathematician or a scientist with a PhD?
@Banetersaurus Rex, Also, just to be clear, did she introduce herself as Dr. foo or did she outright call herself 'a doctor?'
@Quantum Mechanic, those are too very different fields. I think a doctorate itself doesn't mean you deserve respect. I think a doctorate deserves respect based off what they have contributed to their field of study or what their field of study has contributed to the world.
@George Feeny, for example, a doctorate in gender studies?
@Quantum Mechanic, obviously I'm not saying there's no reason to show a doctorate respect even if they have one in a useless field but if they act all pompous then I believe that my first comments point should then come into effect. For example a medical doctor acts all pompous and demands everyone call them doctor so and so and constantly corrects everyone I will go with it because you know medicine is important. Now if a media doctorate did the same I will feel much less reason to put up with it. Everyone deserves respect until they display a reason not to be respected. In my opinion correcting someone like a waiter or someone, who will likely never talk to you again and thus shouldn't matter, who calls you mr or mrs instead of doctor is a reason to not show respect. If it's a class you're teaching I guess it's one thing but still
@Varok Saurfang, hahahah good one
@Varok Saurfang, I would chuckle at that one if they acted pompous no doubt lo
There need to be different titles for medical doctors and 'doctors' of other professions/studies. I will be getting my PharmD (doctor of pharmacy) degree in 3 years so I will be a 'Doctor', even one with a medical background, but not an MD who went to med school.