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Physicians are more prestigious overall than PhDs. They are very smart plus they have impact on the most important problems that confront humanity.
Physicians deal with real-world problems, not ivory-tower questions.
Physicians have to make serious decisions.
Their level of responsibility is much greater than most PhDs.
Physicians are generally perceived as advocates for the "common" people, fighting for quality health care against greedy, shallow business people. Physicians have to be in touch with reality.
Some PhDs can be crackpots who spout ridiculous ideas.
PhDs who are scientists and engineers are most prestigious among PhDs. PhDs who are scientists AND college professors have more prestige than PhDs who do not teach.
Judges have pretty high prestige but the overall prestige of the legal profession has fallen precipitously because of their greed and lack of character.