Famous doctors who aren't
Doctors carry a certain cachet, but some of the more famous personalities we call "Dr." never stepped foot in a medical school. We've provided hints about some of our favorite "doctors" who aren't actually licensed to practice medicine. Think you know who they are? Check your answers to be sure.
--Pamela Sitt, MSN Healthy Living
The sex therapist
This pop culture icon was recognized in Playboy's 55th anniversary issue (who was on the cover?) as one of the most important people related to sex. Though she holds a Ph.D. in education, the diminutive "doc" is best known for her heavy accent and frank talk about sex and empowerment.
The children's author
This beloved children's author is known for his imaginative characters and clever rhymes. Generations of fans regularly mispronounced his pen name, which rhymes with "voice," so he eventually changed it to rhyme with "goose." Though that name includes the designation of "doctor," he never became one.
This famous 19th century "doc" went to dental school, but gave up dentistry and became a professional gambler and legendary gunfighter of the American Wild West instead. He is best known for his friendship with Wyatt Earp and his role in the famed Gunfight at the O.K. Corral in 1881.
The radio host
This famous "doctor" is best known for her no-nonsense approach to family and marital advice on her popular talk-radio show. She's also a best-selling author of self-help books such as "The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands." She has a Ph.D. in physiology but no medical degree.
He's a rapper, not a doctor, but more people know him by his "Dr." moniker than by his real name. And thanks to a lucrative side business selling premium headphones and speakers, Forbes recently named him the richest man in hip-hop.
This Nobel Peace Prize winner has a long list of accomplishments, but graduating from medical school is not one of them. Still, the former secretary of state (under Presidents Ford and Nixon) has been called "Dr." for years and holds a Ph.D. in international relations.
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The alter ego
The band leader
This musician led the band on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" and became famous for his musical talent and flashy outfits. He earned the nickname "Little Doc" as a child of a dentist.
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