fear of doctors


iatrophobia = eine abnorme oder irrationale Angst vor Ärzten oder vor Arztbesuchen



“The fear of hospitals or 'Nosocomephobia' was perhaps understandable in centuries past – as any visitor to the museum will testify after glancing at some of the archaic looking medical instruments used to treat patients. Some other medical related phobias include: Pharmacophobia (medicine), Hemophobia (blood), IATROPHOBIA (doctors) and Trypanophobia (needles).”

Bracknell News (12th May 2017)

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- an abnormal or irrational fear of doctors or going to the doctor

- intense fear of doctors

Your Dictionary / Merriam-Webster


"iatro" is derived from Greek iātrós (ἰατρός) meaning "physician, healer" and “phobia” phobos meaning "fear, panic, terror."

The psychological sense of “an abnormal or irrational fear” is attested by 1850.

Phobos, the inner satellite of Mars, was discovered and named in 1877. In Greek mythology, Phobos, a companion of Ares (god of war), was the personification of fear.


So-called “Doctor-Doctor jokes” are a variant of English humour involving wordplay, usually by a cheeky doctor:

Patient: “Doctor, Doctor, I think I’m turning into a frog!”
Doctor: “Can you hop to the examination room and we’ll take a look?”

P: “Doctor, Doctor, I keep thinking I’m invisible!”
D: “Well, I can’t see you right now, so you must be right!”

P: “Doctor, doctor, I think I’m a deck of cards!”
D: “Take a seat and I’ll deal with you in a minute.”

P: “Doctor, doctor, I think I’m a pair of curtains!”
D: “For God's sake man, pull yourself together!”

P: “Doctor, doctor, I think I’m a bell!”
D: “Take these pills and if they don’t work, give me a ring.”

P: “Doctor, doctor, I think I’m a bee!”
D: “Buzz off and come back when you’re feeling better.”

P: “Doctor, doctor, I think I’m a cat!”
D: “How long has this been going on?”
P: “Ever since I was a kitten!”

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