Having just read the letter from Peter Clery in today’s edition, I am struggling to see what the second part of his letter has to do with the first.
Clearly in any organisation all grades should have representation, that is just common sense, but what the chairman of the board calls himself is neither here nor there. Any holder of a PHD, a doctorate, is entitled to use the prefix “Dr” . It doesn’t matter if the PHD was in the Teletubbies, it like all degrees, denotes a successful completion of a certain level of study. Whilst chemistry is clearly not medicine, it is an allied discipline,being the development and manufacturing of what becomes medicine, and I would imagine there is much shared knowledge between the doctors of both disciplines. My own late grandfather, a former managing director of the pharmaceutical giant Allen and Hanburys was a doctor ( PHD) of pharmaceutical chemistry and a member of that body’s royal society, and an ophthalmic optician, and ran their operations in both Sydney and Johannesburg during the 1950s. He was addressed as Dr, and I am sure that both he and many other chemists would point out that parity between medicine and chemistry.