- Mar 11, 2006
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Hundreds of years before PhDs were first conferred, by German Universities, physicians were called 'doctor'.Originally Posted by not really
Then again, everybody is a doctor in Germany and Austria. (Except for Joschka Fischer, at least.) Look at the boards of any company; you'll find that people who if transplanted into America would've probably stopped at the MBA level have the title. Many lawyers have it. And Austrians are even worse than Germans! Even JÃ¶rg bloody Haider is a doctor! I've met my fair share of people who went by "Dr. Dr." or even "Dr. Dr. Mag." if they had two doctorates and a master's degree in a different field from either doctorate.