published Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Letters to the Editor

Grundy residents show respect

On Sept. 26, I and 16 other Vietnam veterans had the privilege of attending the funeral services of Spc. 4 Marvin Foster Phillips at the Grundy County High School in Tracy City.

This young soldier -- 20 years old -- lost his life on his first combat mission in Vietnam. He was buried in Palmer, Tenn. -- 45 years to the day he lost his life.

My main reason for writing this letter is to say what a close community they have in all of Grundy County.

I have never witnessed as much love and respect they showed for this young man. There were literally hundreds of people standing in the rain on the side of the road, both sides.

I only wish everybody could have had the opportunity to see this. They never attempted to get out of the rain, standing there, waving their flags.

I was very impressed.

GENE CROZIER, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 203, East Ridge

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Headline misses point of letter

I am sorry the headline your newspaper used missed the intent of my letter you printed (Sept. 30) by using the caption you entitled it with. It should have been something like, "Why are the poorest states Republican?"

I do want to say that I appreciate your paper and am glad we have one that examines both sides of the story. I have been a subscriber of the paper since 1947 -- many thanks.

FRANK A. GREEN, D.D.S.

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'Dr.' titles can be separated

The article "Physicians, nurses fight over 'Dr.' title" in Sunday's (Oct. 2) Times Free Press took me back to a paper I wrote years ago on medieval universities.

The term doctor is derived from Latin and means "teacher." A doctrine is a "teaching."

Knowledge was divided into theology, philosophy (arts and sciences), medicine and law in medieval universities.

Professors were doctors (teachers) of theology, philosophy, medicine and law.

Practitioners in the various areas were not teachers and therefore were not doctors.

Over the centuries, practitioners of medicine (physicians) gradually assumed the title "doctor" probably for economic and status reasons since a teacher of medicine would have been held in higher esteem than a practitioner of medicine.

They have succeeded to the extent that "doctor" is now synonymous with "physician" in most people's minds. Other practitioners of medicine -- pharmacists, podiatrists, optometrists, chiropractors, audiologists and many others -- have professional doctoral degrees and the title "Dr."

Why not nurses?

The distinctions between nurse doctors and physician doctors can be made as clear to patients as it is between physician doctors and other practitioner of medicine doctors.

LAWRENCE HANSON, Collegedale

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Braves finish at different level

The 2011 Atlanta Braves ended the season as a dang good AAA ball club.

TOMMY ARNOLD, Ringgold, Ga.

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ToHoldNothing said...

The term doctor has a use that meant teaching in general, but has gotten the specificity of colloquial and vernacular use that implies that you are a person who teaches specifically in regards to treating disease. The technical use of doctor only applies in general to anyone having gone through a particular path of education and are considered qualified by their respective groups to be sufficiently knowledgeable. Doctorates in non medical professions don't require that you are called doctor, if only to avoid the confusion of doctor in the sense of medical practitioner. Professor is the common terminology you'd use to refer to someone with a doctorate for the most part. I rarely find myself referring to my professors as doctors, probably due to the common use of that term for physicians.

With nurses, however, there is a bit of contention on the grounds that nurses provide similar assistance as physician doctors do, but, to play devil's advocate, nursing is something virtually anyone can do with a moderate amount of training in the sense of providing general aid to people suffering in one way or another. Physicians, on the other hand, have a significant amount of knowledge, so they are considered higher in importance if only because they have a degree of expertise in medicine or specific areas of medicine that nurses, by definition, don't have.

To try to summarize the issue, anyone can nurse in the general sense of providing assistance in helping people recover, but only people with sufficient training and education can be doctors in that sense of more detailed and immediate and precise care of disease, not just the general provision of convalescence.

October 5, 2011 at 7:06 p.m.
ToHoldNothing said...

Maybe I should've qualified that they provide assistance, not exactly similar care. It's true that a nurse won't do much more than give you a shot, but they still serve a role that is allegedly a problem someone could write to the paper about itself, the nursing shortage the country is allegedly suffering from.

October 6, 2011 at 2:09 p.m.
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