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On Mon, Oct 08, 2007 at 04:19:54PM -0400, Shawn McMahon wrote:
> In the US, not only does "doctor" mean a medical professional with an MD
> degree and anybody with a Ph.D. degree, but also a Doctor of Divinity
> degree (which is the equivalent of a Bachelor's degree in anything else)

Actually, a D.D. is (or used to be) a real doctorate.  According to the
Wikipedia article, it is still the highest ranking doctorate at the old
English and Scottish universities.  Nowadays, it is more of an honorary
degree, as theologians, ministers, evangelists and so on usually pursue
a more traditional Ph.D. or a Th.D.

> and even the Juris Doctor degree that all law school graduates have
> (which is roughly the equivalent of a Master's Degree in most fields).
I believe the M.D. and J.D. degrees fall into the category of "first
professional" degrees.

> Although one rarely sees a lawyer insist on being called "doctor";
> pretty much only in academic settings in my limited experience.


Roberto C. Sánchez

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