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After quoting someone as Dr. Smith, do I need to use the "Dr," each time I quote him again or can I just use the last name?

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  • 10 months ago

    Normally you would use the title Dr. Smith. Calling the doctor only by his/her last name is a bit rude. If you knew the doctor well you might call him/her by the doctor's first name but even then you would normally not call him/her by only their last name.

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  • Nancy
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    10 months ago

    You should quote him as his full name, not simply "Dr. Smith" (e.g., "John Q. Smith, PhD"). You can refer to him as "Dr. Smith" after that or simply "Smith," the standard not being one or the other but merely consistency, meaning you don't flip-flop between calling him "Dr. Smith" and "Smith" but stick to only one.

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