History Main / NotThatKindofDoctor

30th Sep '16 12:00:25 AM PaulA
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* In Brazil, CulturalTranslation got ''Creator/MichaelConnelly'' character Mickey Haller and some other law graduates to be called "doctor".

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* In Brazil, CulturalTranslation got ''Creator/MichaelConnelly'' character Mickey Haller Literature/MickeyHaller and some other law graduates to be called "doctor".
24th Sep '16 7:23:54 PM TitoMosquito
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* ComicBook/DoctorOctopus' doctorate is not in medicine in ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'' either, but he is able to bluff Aunt May into thinking he is one in one episode. Short version: When he and some other super-villains woking for ComicBook/TheKingpin are looking for Spidey, the Scorpion gets the idea to question Peter, due to the photographs he takes - Ock insists on going to his house himself to avoid any unnecessary violence. When he introduces himself to May as Doctor Otto Octavius, May panics when she hears the word "doctor" and thinks Peter has been injured. Ock is able to think fast and tell her that Peter collapsed on the street and was taken to his clinic, volunteering to take her there. (The clinic is actually owned by the Kingpin, and Ock is thus able to leave a ransom note for Peter making it seem like May has been kidnapped, demanding he send Spider-Man there.

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* ComicBook/DoctorOctopus' doctorate is not in medicine in ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'' either, but he is able to bluff Aunt May into thinking he is one in one episode. Short version: When he and some other super-villains woking for ComicBook/TheKingpin are looking for Spidey, the Scorpion gets the idea to question Peter, due to the photographs he takes - Ock insists on going to his house himself to avoid any unnecessary violence. When he introduces himself to May as Doctor Otto Octavius, May panics when she hears the word "doctor" and thinks Peter has been injured. Ock is able to think fast and tell her that Peter collapsed on the street and was taken to his clinic, volunteering to take her there. (The clinic is actually owned by the Kingpin, and Ock is thus able to leave a ransom note for Peter making it seem like May has been kidnapped, demanding he send Spider-Man there.)
20th Sep '16 2:57:41 PM eldiablo555
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* The ''VideoGame/SyphonFilter'' series gives us two: Dr. Elsa Weissinger who helped to develop the virus and Dr. Lawrence Mujari. When Lian Xing is in the final stages of the disease in ''Syphon Filter 2'' Lawrence says he will do what he can but that that isn't much since he is a hematologist and not a pathologist.
16th Sep '16 3:55:28 PM gemmabeta2
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This trope stems from a modern convention: in the past, "Doctor" had a purely academic connotation -- the word itself derives from the Latin ''doctor'', meaning "teacher", meaning that scholar is licenced to lecture at a university - about the subject they have a Doctorate in. Later, the meaning of the word ''Doctor'' narrowed down to mean that the holder has a doctorate degree: M.D. = ''Medicinæ Doctor'' (Doctor of Medicine), or [=Ph.D.=] = ''Philosophiæ Doctor'' (Doctor of Philosophy) At some point, the word (in English, at least) began to shift from being the title of a learned person/a person with a doctorate to meaning the same as "physician". Originally, the M.D. was a doctorate in medicine, but in some places, like the US and Canada, it became the first professional degree. (In the UK and Ireland bachelor of medicine & surgery -- primarily abbreviated as MB [=ChB=], though it can vary depending on university -- are the first ''undergraduate'' degrees; holders are addressed as "Doctor" regardless. Meanwhile, surgeons -- which require a graduate degree, equivalent to a North American MD in length of education -- are only addressed as Mr, Mrs, Miss, or Ms in a form of reverse snobbery.)[[note]]Historically, being a doctor (the equivalent to GP today) was considered a more upper-class and gentlemanly career than surgery, as they do not have to get their hands dirty. Most surgeons were simply working-class barbers. This was in fact the origin of the iconic barber's pole, which [[OlderThanTheyThink dates back to medieval times]]; the red stripe represents bloody bandages, with the blue stripe being a much more recent addition that began in the United States (due to the national colors) and has spread from there. However when the modern era rolled around and surgery become a more specialized and prestigious line of work than ''mere'' doctoring, the surgeons refused the title of Doctor as a sort of passive-aggressive middle-finger to the snobs who denied them the title 300-ish years previously.[[/note]] It is easy to see how the term "doctor" was slowly divorced from its academic roots. This has gone so far that it is common for it to be thought that "real" doctors are physicians... which brings us to this trope. And MDEnvy to boot.

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This trope stems from a modern convention: in the past, "Doctor" had a purely academic connotation -- the word itself derives from the Latin ''doctor'', meaning "teacher", meaning that scholar is licenced licensed to lecture at a university - about on the subject they have a Doctorate in. Later, the meaning of the word ''Doctor'' narrowed down to mean that the holder has a doctorate degree: M.D. = ''Medicinæ Doctor'' (Doctor of Medicine), or [=Ph.D.=] = ''Philosophiæ Doctor'' (Doctor of Philosophy) Philosophy). At some point, the word (in English, at least) began to shift from being the title of a learned person/a person with a doctorate to meaning the same as "physician". Originally, the M.D. was a doctorate in medicine, but in some places, like the US and Canada, it became the first professional degree. (In the UK and Ireland bachelor of medicine & surgery -- primarily abbreviated as MB [=ChB=], though it can vary depending on university -- are the first ''undergraduate'' degrees; holders are addressed as "Doctor" regardless. Meanwhile, surgeons -- which require a graduate degree, equivalent to a North American MD in length of education -- are only addressed as Mr, Mrs, Miss, or Ms in a form of reverse snobbery.)[[note]]Historically, being a doctor (the equivalent to GP today) was considered a more upper-class and gentlemanly career than surgery, as they do not have to get their hands dirty. Most surgeons were simply working-class barbers. This was in fact the origin of the iconic barber's pole, which [[OlderThanTheyThink dates back to medieval times]]; the red stripe represents bloody bandages, with the blue stripe being a much more recent addition that began in the United States (due to the national colors) and has spread from there. However when the modern era rolled around and surgery become a more specialized and prestigious line of work than ''mere'' doctoring, the surgeons refused the title of Doctor as a sort of passive-aggressive middle-finger to the snobs who denied them the title 300-ish years previously.[[/note]] It is easy to see how the term "doctor" was slowly divorced from its academic roots. This has gone so far that it is common for it to be thought that "real" doctors are physicians... which brings us to this trope. And MDEnvy to boot.
6th Sep '16 3:10:18 PM eldiablo555
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* In ''Tomcats'' Michael and Kyle go to see their friend, a doctor, for a growth on one of Kyle's testicles. The friend points out that while he is a MD he is a proctologist and not a urologist. Although they do go to see an actual urologist Michael still feels the need to say:
--> '''Michael''': Wait, so you'll stick your finger up his ass but you won't touch his nut?
24th Aug '16 1:48:39 PM wheelofdawn
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* Dr. Kinesis from, ''{{Webcomic/EvilPlan}}'', ignoring the fact that Dr. Kinesis is a supervillain title, Stanley's formal education slants towards computer science.

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* Dr. Kinesis from, ''{{Webcomic/EvilPlan}}'', ''Webcomic/EvilPlan'', ignoring the fact that Dr. Kinesis is a supervillain title, Stanley's formal education slants towards computer science.
24th Aug '16 1:47:28 PM wheelofdawn
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* Dr. Kinesis from, ''{{Webcomic/EvilPlan}}'', ignoring the fact that Dr. Kinesis is a supervillain title, Stanley's formal education slants towards computer science.
18th Aug '16 11:38:46 PM foxley
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** Happens with Allison in "Remembrance of the Daleks":
-->"Is he all right?"\\
"No idea—I'm a physicist."



* To Catch A Killer (1992) reminds us that this trope applies to the legal profession too. The police are searching the apartment of [[SerialKiller John Wayne Gacy]] and want to confiscate something for evidence.

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* To Catch A Killer ''Series/ToCatchAKiller'' (1992) reminds us that this trope applies to the legal profession too. The police are searching the apartment of [[SerialKiller John Wayne Gacy]] and want to confiscate something for evidence.
31st Jul '16 4:43:04 AM CynicalBastardo
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* Ross Gellar from ''Series/{{Friends}}'' has a [=PhD=] in paelentology. When he refers to himself as "Dr. Ross Gellar" in a hospital, Rachel tells him not to, as the title actually means something in a hospital.
25th Jul '16 12:25:23 PM SomberCaelifera
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** In the classic series, the Rani, a fellow timelord and former classmate, mentions his qualifications in ''thermodynamics'', indicating that he was initially a ''physicist'', not a physician, but then he went traveling the Universe for centuries with the explicit purpose to learn and explore. By the New Series, this has made him an OmnidisciplinaryScientist.

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** In the classic series, the Rani, a fellow timelord Time Lord and former classmate, mentions his qualifications in ''thermodynamics'', indicating that he was initially a ''physicist'', not a physician, but then he went traveling the Universe for centuries with the explicit purpose to learn and explore. By the New Series, this has made him an OmnidisciplinaryScientist.
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