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Does it worry you that a doctor calls his surgery a 'Practice'?

Asked by Hawkeye (1245 points ) August 30th, 2010

I’ve often wondered what they were practicing? Or aren’t they qualified yet? Maybe their golf swings

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JLeslie's avatar

They are practicing.

Austinlad's avatar

I never thought it meant anything in the medical profession other than “ply,” as to ply or perform one’s medical skills. It’s a very, very old joke among comics.

AmWiser's avatar

All doctors practice medicine. Do you really think they know exactly what they are doing?

Seaofclouds's avatar

From Dictionary.com:
prac·tice
–noun
1. habitual or customary performance; operation: office practice.
6. the exercise or pursuit of a profession or occupation, esp. law or medicine: She plans to set up practice in her hometown.
7. the business of a professional person: The doctor wanted his daughter to take over his practice when he retired.

It’s just they way the word “practice” can be used in medicine. It’s not quite the same as saying “practice makes perfect”.

zen_'s avatar

Well now it does. Thanks.

That was funny, though.

john65pennington's avatar

According to my phyciatrist uncle, a medical doctor always has a practice(surgery) as long as he works. instead of “working at the mill”, the dignified defintion for a doctor is practice.

Ben_Dover's avatar

It isn’t just medics, lawyers are just practicing too!

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