The neurologist knows everything but does nothing
The surgeon knows nothing but does everything
The psychiatrist knows nothing and does nothing
The pathologist knows everything and does everything, but too late
And now for the punchline . . . . .
And the anesthesiologist sits on a stool all day long and passes gas.
So is this friendly, harmless banter? Or does it undermine different specialities and the patients who come under there care? In a few weeks I will be doing some psychiatry, if I enjoy it then I will probably aim to become a psychiatrist. If this happens I would not be considered a "proper doctor" by a significant proportion of the medical team. Some people consider psychiatric treatment to be quackery, dangerous and generally unhelpful.
Perhaps this says more about us? Perhaps psychiatrists are'nt seen as "proper doctors" as society as a whole does not consider mental illness as a "proper disease."