According to Abbreviationfinder, DR stands for Doctor. Doctor is a term of Latin origin that allows us to refer to a person who is dedicated to healing various ailments. She has received the last academic degree granted by a university or an authorized establishment and has the necessary knowledge to diagnose a certain disease and put an end to it through a particular treatment.
The highest level university academic degree is known as a doctorate. There are, however, different types of it, where each student must present certain qualities to specialize in the activity he has chosen. For example: the doctor in research must demonstrate her capacity for scientific research through a doctoral thesis, which is an investigation on a topic of interest to the community of science in which he intends to obtain a doctorate.
A D.R. is usually called a doctor.
Different types of doctors
There are also certain letterheads that are given to certain people to reward them for a certain action or career. In this notion, the honorary title of doctor honoris causa can be mentioned, which is given to a professional who has performed in an exemplary manner; such citation is usually made by a university to recognize said subject as an eminent person. In this case, the person should not present any special work or thesis, because the examples given during their working life are enough to earn the title.
The denomination of doctor philosophiae, which is abbreviated as PhD, is used in various countries to refer to all kinds of scientific orientation. Certain doctorates have their own acronyms, such as DBA, Ed.D, or Th.D.
In medicine, the denomination of doctor goes beyond a doctorate as an academic degree.
In the health sciences, there are many specialties, where each graduate performs a particular task.
* A doctor of pediatrics is a person who has studied and is properly trained to treat children; In addition to scientific training, he must have a special charisma in order to make the little ones’ trip to the doctor more bearable.
* An obstetrician is a doctor who has been trained to treat women before they give birth, during delivery, and in the weeks after. She is in charge of reinforcing her confidence and checking that the pregnancy develops normally.
* A dentist, also called a dentist, is one who specializes in the care of the mouth; removes cavities and wisdom teeth and orders treatments related to oral health.
* A doctor in Oncology is the one who specializes in tumors, learns to detect them and knows what to do in each situation related to them.
There are, however, many other branches, in each one there are professionals who have oriented their studies to provide the best care to patients.
Doctor in colloquial language
It should be noted that, in colloquial language, all doctors are known as doctors, even when they have not reached the academic degree of doctor. In this way, a medical professional, approved by the pertinent institution, may not be a doctor, although he responds to said qualification in daily life.
“My son has a fever, so I am waiting for the doctor to arrive”, “I am going to go to the doctor because my leg hurts a lot”, “The doctor at the hospital told me that it was nothing serious” are some examples of the use of the term in the field of medicine.
In any case, it is also important to point out that, continuing with the concept in its colloquial sense, a professional who is highly respected is also often called a “doctor”, regardless, as in medicine, if he has graduated from his maximum level or not. It is used, for example, in legal professionals to respectfully address a lawyer, judge, and also, in other branches, to speak to a specialist in letters or philosophy.