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Quicklook at Medicine by Ian Grandison

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Chapter Seven: Surgeons

In order to set themselves apart from the rest of the profession, British surgeons have traditionally reverted to the title “Mr”, rather than “Dr” when becoming a surgeon. This can lead to confusion among layman reassured by the idea of being treated by doctors and the practice may in time fade away. Certainly surgeons in the USA and continental Europe call themselves “Doctor”. As it is, the title “Mr” harks back to the age when much surgery was performed by non doctors. Aversion, on the part of mainstream doctors, to the idea of cutting is very deep rooted. The original Hippocratic Oath includes the following:

“I will not cut… but will leave such procedures to the practitioners of that craft.”

This suggests that the separate ...

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