The good doctor (phrase)
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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).