Influence of Names on Career Choices in Medicine

  title={Influence of Names on Career Choices in Medicine},
  author={ERNEST L. Abel},
  pages={65 - 74}
  • E. Abel
  • Published 1 June 2010
  • Medicine
  • Names
Abstract Three studies showed that medical doctors and lawyers were disproportionately more likely to have surnames that resembled their professions. A fourth study showed that, for doctors, this influence extended to the type of medicine they practiced. Study 1 found that people with the surname "Doctor" were more likely to be doctors than lawyers, whereas those with the surname "Lawyer" were more likely to be lawyers. Studies 2 and 3 broadened this finding by comparing doctors and lawyers… 
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