James A. Landau
JJJRLandau at AOL.COM
Tue Mar 6 21:26:28 UTC 2001
In a message dated 03/06/2001 12:03:46 PM Eastern Standard Time,
douglas at NB.NET writes:
> Both "pediatrician" and "pediatrist" exist, but I've seldom encountered the
> latter word. Apparently the pediatricians don't feel stigmatized.
> There has been agitation among "technicians" in some fields in favor of the
> designation "technologist" -- I'm not sure whether it's purely on
> 'esthetic'/'linguistic' grounds or whether some conventional job
> classification or standard pay-scale may be or may have been involved.
> "Technician" and "technologist" are used essentially interchangeably in
> medicine and similar fields, I think (they're all called "techs" usually
> anyway). But I think in the general language "technologist" may sometimes
> evoke an image of Thomas Edison or Henry Ford, while "technician" seems
> more plebeian.
A medical technician is someone who goes to school for three months and helps
out in doctors' offices. A medical technologist goes to school for four
years and does lab tests in the hospital and is paid a good deal more.
"Pediatrist" is confusingly similar to "podiatrist" which is a foot doctor.
- Jim Landau
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