Letters: Best practice is to call our patients by their title

Like Dr Rodger Charlton ('How should we address our patients?', GP, 20 March) I too am a first-name dinosaur and insist that patients are generally addressed by title.

My practice has always been to address patients older than myself (they are getting fewer) by title and younger by first name if I know them really well.

As to what others call me, I call to mind General Burgoyne's elegant put-down when, in George Bernard Shaw's play The Devil's Disciple, a character refers to him by his nickname: 'I believe I am Gentlemanly Johnny ... (but) my more intimate friends call me General Burgoyne.'

Dr Eric Levene, east London.

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