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I removed the portion about about Ph.D's being confused with medical doctors. It is silly, and almost never happens

It's not silly at all, and happens a lot to many of my friends. Especially in the vicinity of University, there can be a very large number of academic doctors to confuse the issue. --Jeremiah4-22 11:17, 27 April 2007 (EDT)

doctoral fraud

"Often" leads to fraud? Like when? Any citations to substantiate that? Murray 11:16, 27 April 2007 (EDT)

Will get some examples for you, hang on. --Jeremiah4-22 11:17, 27 April 2007 (EDT)
Okay. I think often is too strong though. Murray 11:19, 27 April 2007 (EDT)
Cites in now, I'll reword 'often'. --Jeremiah4-22 11:32, 27 April 2007 (EDT)

I deleted the part about Dr. Seuss not completing his degree. "Dr. Seuss" was his pen name. He was not attempting to make people think he was actually a doctor.--1048247 14:38, 30 April 2007 (EDT)

So how are Dr. Ruth and Dr. Laura any worse? Because they use their real names? RSchlafly 11:15, 27 May 2007 (EDT)
Because they are both in areas where there a doctorate and the type of doctorate might matter. I don't think anyone ever looked at Cat in the Hat and said "Ah, it's written by a doctor, so he must know how to rhyme well. And while I'm at it, I'll go listen to his description of Oobleck and use it for medical advice" JoshuaZ 11:18, 27 May 2007 (EDT)
No one reads The Cat in the Hat for medical advice, but there is a fair amount of academic research on what books are good for small kids, and someone could think that Dr. Seuss was making use of it.
So what type of doctorate would matter for Dr. Laura? An MD is no more applicable than what she has. A PhD in clinical psychology might be, altho I haven't heard her give advice where that would matter. Would you have the same objection if she had an MD degree? RSchlafly 12:38, 27 May 2007 (EDT)
My impression is that there wasn't nearly as much research about that sort of thing when he first used the name as there is today. You raise good points regarding the others and I'll need to think about that and get back to you. JoshuaZ 12:55, 27 May 2007 (EDT)