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J R Soc Med. 2006 July; 99(7): 333–334.
PMCID: PMC1484556

Miss, Mister, Doctor: Distinguishing titles

Ibery et al. have written an interesting paper looking at the pros and cons of the appellation ‘Mister’ to describe the surgeon (April 2006 JRSM1). While I have no opinion either way on the matter, I do think their argument that the title helps distinguish physician from surgeon when they share a common surname is a rather weak one. Here in the antipodes we have found the use of Christian or first names solves such a problem quite easily.


Competing interests None declared.


1. Ibery N, Patel PM, Robb PJ. Do surgeons wish to become doctors? J R Soc Med 2006;99: 197-9 [PMC free article] [PubMed]

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