November 29, 2006
The Lawyer as Doctor: "Yeah, Well, Go Heal Thyself"
Today's ABA Journal, on-line here (for its November issue), features a story on the ethics of a title entitled "Lawyers Are Doctors, Too: But there is no clear ethics rule on whether they may say so." How about clear norms of civility against pretension? Many states, in any event, find the practice inherently misleading--or misleading in certain contexts like ads for med mal cases. [Posted by Dr. Dr. Alan Childress, Ph.D., J.D., M.A., B.A.]
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Can anybody honestly tell me, citing linguisic authority, that "doctor" ever really meant "physician" until american physicians go a hold of it and changed it in the minds of ignorant "reasonable people?"
Posted by: john stinson | Dec 15, 2008 5:56:02 PM