The ties that bind: what's in a title?

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The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons is rich with history and tradition. Some of these traditions pre‐date the establishment of the Australasian College and reflect the influences of particularly the British Medical Association and the Royal College of Surgeons of England.1
One such tradition, dating back over 600 years, is the use of gendered titles to designate surgeons from physicians.
Many Australian and New Zealand surgeons continue to use the title ‘Mister’ rather than ‘Doctor’.
This paper reviews the historical basis to the use of gendered titles in surgery, their prevalence amongst active members of this college and postulates a case for college leadership in making use of these titles obsolete.
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