Using the prefix Dr

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  1. I believe you can call yourself doctor as long as you have a doctorate in any subject.
  2. Forastero

    Forastero LE Moderator

    You don't need a medical degree to be a doctor, you could be a doctor of mathematics for example. That said, people who use the title when practising complementary therapies are, at worst, slightly misleading to the more gullible and best steered away from by those who know better. That screeching, Scottish harridan Gillian McKeith is one individual that springs to mind.
  3. in_the_cheapseats

    in_the_cheapseats LE Moderator

    Not just Drs of medicine out there and she doesn't claim to have it in medicine. DBAs and PhDs both use the honorary as well.

    Saying that, I think I agree with your suspicion. Her Dr is more likely to be off the same standard that the hypnotist McKenna had his, to the scandal of all, a couple of years ago.

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  4. msr

    msr LE

    I received my Bachelor of Chiropractic Science and Masters of Chiropractic at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.

    Doesn't look like a PhD...
  5. I would guess (and it's only a guess, mind), looking at the faculty pages for her Aussie university, that she is entitled to call herself 'Dr' under the rules pertaining there.

    I get the impression from a quick bit of googling (ah - displacement activity!) that the Aussies take the view that someone who has her qualifications is entitled to be regarded as a medic and use the same title as someone who did their degree in (say) medicine and surgery.


    She's done five years study (similar to a UK medical degree), and the syllabus she's undertaken seems to suggest that she has done quite a lot of 'proper medicine' modules in her course.

    This as opposed to 'Dr' McKeith whose PhD came, as I recall, from an unaccredited university whose course modules are not necessarily recognised as being er.... of an appropriate academic level by those specialising in the medical field.

    On balance, I'd say that the chiropractor is probably entitled to use it - it seems that those with similar qualifications in Aus call themselves 'Dr' without any fuss.
  6. Chiropractors after five years at university( 2 in the uk and ireland to chose from) are bsc masters of chiropractic and are doctors of chiropractic, a title afforded to them because they can diagnose, treat certain neuro, and muscular skeletal disorders and can take and read x rays mri's ect. LM
  7. Doctor in the medical sense is a grace and favour title as they haven't actually completed a doctorate, it's a Bachelor's degree in medicine.

    May well have a Phd or DPhil however. As has been said, different countries have different conventions eg in US some vets are known as Dr. as well.
  8. There's a fair chunk of us in the UK who do have a doctorate (mine's a D.Phil) as opposed to a medical degree. I think we are the ones that are allowed to call ourselves Dr, whilst we turn a blind eye to you medical johnnies and your honorary titles :wink:
  9. Forastero

    Forastero LE Moderator

    Ooooooh, hark at her!
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  11. My mate has a PhD in control theory. He's also 6' 7" and looks like he should have been hung at Nurenberg.

    If someone wishes to tell him he can't call himself Dr, I'll call the medic ...
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  13. dad?
    nah, too fuckng soft