n Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - You can but you may not : from the CEO's desk

Volume 20, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 1021-2000



Despite being in my mid-thirties, I still dread visiting the dentist where, on a recent visit, I noticed that the other teeth and gum conscious citizens, together with the receptionist, liberally referred to the dentist as 'doctor', sometimes in the presence of the dentist herself. Is a dentist a doctor — in the traditional sense? And was it alright to ask this question to the dentist without being insensitive and offensive? I did ask the question — and her instruments squealed and spun a bit more than usually that day. So in engineering, who does what, at what level and in what context?

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