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When women began graduating from medical schools in the middle of the 19th century, they called themselves doctors, she said.

But newspapers and critics gave them a more dismissive title — doctoress — indicating that they were women.

“‘Doctor’ came to be prized as a unisex honorific,” Professor Rogers said.

“That was the word that women M.D.s sought.”Professor Rogers, who has a Ph.D. in history, doesn’t often use the title Dr. herself, she said, but understands why others with the degree would.

“I’ve certainly encountered a number of doctors in my professional life who are uncomfortable using the honorific term Dr. for anyone who doesn’t have an M.D.,” she said.

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