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).[1]


  1. ^ Gordon, Richard (2002). Literary Companion to Medicine. Macmillan. p. 364. ISBN 9780312313517.