The good doctor (phrase)
The phrase "the good doctor" is a cliché which is commonly used in reference to any physician, sometimes with an ironic tone. Its first use was almost certainly by Shakespeare, at the end of Act V, Scene 1 of Macbeth:
- Doctor: ...So, good night:
- My mind she has mated, and amazed my sight.
- I think, but dare not speak.
- Gentlewoman: Good night, good doctor. (Exeunt).
The phrase The Good Doctor has been used to refer to:
- Dr Jonathan Miller, British physician, theatre and opera director, television presenter, humourist and sculptor
- Dr. Samuel Johnson the lexicographer, who is to this day frequently referred to as "the Good Doctor".
- Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, journalist and creator of Gonzo Journalism
- Dr. Kenny Deuchar, Scottish footballer.
- Mark Kermode, movie critic
- Dr. Ron Paul, U.S. congressman and former physician.
- Doctor Steel, musician and internet personality.
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- Contemporary Comments On The Death Of Samuel Johnson And The Death Of James Boswell at the Wayback Machine (archived October 26, 2009)