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Re: "Doctors"
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0083  Friday, 14 January 2000.

[1]     From:   Robert F. O'Connor <
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        Date:   Friday, 14 Jan 2000 08:19:37 +1000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.0070 Re: "Doctors"

[2]     From:   Clifford Stetner <
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        Date:   Thursday, 13 Jan 2000 21:34:18 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.0070 Re: "Doctors"


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From:           Robert F. O'Connor <
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Date:           Friday, 14 Jan 2000 08:19:37 +1000
Subject: 11.0070 Re: "Doctors"
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.0070 Re: "Doctors"

Muddying the waters ...

A friend of mine suggested I update my frequent flyer details to include
my newly-won doctorate, as he had found it increased his chances of a
spontaneous upgrade.  That hasn't worked yet, but when I was flying home
for Christmas I did get paged in the transit lounge ... and after I went
up to the counter they put out another call for a medical doctor ...

An associate who is a medical doctor recently completed his PhD, having
had little support from within the profession while doing so.  Perhaps
out of confusion, his colleagues have taken to calling him Mr ...

And another (female) acquaintance with TWO PhDs and an MBA has the
misfortune to also be petite and blonde ... and is forever taken to be a
secretary.

But the worst ... about 9 years ago, when applying for a job as a tutor
in a residential college, I had a chat with the college's then head, and
agricultural scientist with a PhD of his own.  He asked me what my
long-term plans were, and I told him: a PhD on ethics in Shakespeare.
He looked reflective ... and mentioned that my topic at least made sense
- after all, here he was, a doctor of philosophy and he had never
studied philosophy in his life!

Rest assured he is now in a position where he can do little damage.

Rob O'Connor

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From:           Clifford Stetner <
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Date:           Thursday, 13 Jan 2000 21:34:18 -0500
Subject: 11.0070 Re: "Doctors"
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.0070 Re: "Doctors"

>Interesting article on how successful placebos are in treating patients
>in this past Sunday's N Y Times.  It seems leeches worked!

I'm not surprised; Doctors of Philosophy have been administering
placebos for centuries.
 

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