I think it was a jibe at him clearly failing to take care of Sherlock. And he's making a point that a doctor should pick up on Sherlock being drugged and delusional (and so falsely accusing Culverton).
There's also a bit of a joke (in the UK? Or everwhere?) about about people with doctorates not being real doctors or vice versa. I don't know if the titles are the same in different countries (I do know that "professor" means something different in the US to the UK). Culverton mentions media studies, which is a subject often used as an example of a modern, less worthy field of study.
I haven't explained that well, and probably didn't even need to as you probably all knew!
Interestingly, another thing that may be UK-specific, I'm not sure, is that surgeons didn't used to be "real doctors" either. So they don't have the title "Dr", but the title "Mr", "Ms", etc. Of course, that means that "Mr" is now a high status title (as doctors whose title is Dr have trained and studied to become Mr/Ms again!). If John was a consultant surgeon he would be known as Mr Watson, and it would be rude to call him Dr Watson!
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