14 March, 2008

Doctor, not Doktor

According to an article in the Washington Post, I am not "Dr. Perry" for the ten days while I reside in Germany. The title "Doktor" is reserved for people who have earned their PhDs in Europe. One can actually be prosecuted for this sort of thing, as several American professors at the Max Planck Insitute have recently discovered.

One of my fellow graduate students took a job at the Max Planck Institute. I hope she's not one of the non-doktor doctors who's in trouble. (The article didn't name her.)

One wonders, though not for long, about the implications for television shows like Doctor Who. As far as I can tell, they don't broadcast that here, but they do broadcast House. Hmm.

1 comment:

Clemens said...

Mediev-L, the list-serv for medievalists I subscribe to, had a long exchange about this article. They seemed to come to the conclusion (when some of our German subscribers wrote in) that the article was poorly researched and poorly written. The situation is not quite as ridiculous as the article implies and you were still a doctor for those 10 days.