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|There are records of medical 'doctors'
Written by Jan
(10/17/2006 2:16 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Clerical not medical, penned by Deborah d'Bajor
EG In the Exeter Pocket Journal of 1796 there are 4 physicians named as Dr Daniel, Dr Downman, Dr Okes and Dr Parr. Then there is a list of surgeons, all called Mr Something. Those with the title Dr had doctorates in medicine in addition to master/bachelor degrees. I have records around that time of people achieving a doctorate in medicine, sometimes written as DMed or MD.
I also have journals, written by Rev Swete in Devon 1795 - 1800, which refer to several Dr Somethings. Some of them were medics and some were clerics.
I've seen doctorates in divinity recorded as DDiv and DD. The clergyman with a DD, had a higher academic qualification than one who had a bachelor or master degree, just as today.
I'm sure there are lots of other examples but that's my quick input!
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