I took my daughter for a pre-op at the hospital today. One of the weird things I noticed was the way some people think you're a doctor when you wear a suit. Not specifically asking me if I was a doctor, but looking at me in a way that suggested I might suddenly whip out a stethoscope and check their pulse.
A similar thing once happened when I visited a school as part of a site vist, where some kids parent assumed I was a teacher and asked me how they were getting on.
Suits have power.
We have a weird deferential relationship with doctors, in much the same way we do with plumbers. I wonder what happens when a plumber and a doctor meet? They probably immediately leap on each other and fight to the death, or circle each other warily at the very least.
God forbid a car mechanic were to walk in as well.