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general practitioner


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A physician whose practice is not oriented to a specific medical specialty but instead covers a variety of medical problems in patients of all ages. Also called family doctor.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A physician who provides primary care; treating acute and chronic illnesses and providing preventive care and health education; a family doctor.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. in the United States, one who practices medicine in all its branches without confining himself to any specialty; in England, one who practices both as physician and as surgeon.
  • n. See under General, 2.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a physician who is not a specialist but treats all illnesses


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  • In this instance there was a general practitioner called Ferris in practice at Beckenham who had been a doctor in Camp 206 in the Takunan district on the Burma-Siam railway, and the official at the War Office advised me that this doctor would be in a position to give the normal death certificate.

    A Town Like Alice

  • No ordinary hard-working general practitioner would dream of giving a certificate of natural death in the present case, for the excellent reason that should any talk arise afterwards, as well it might in ordinary circumstances, the consequences would be thunderingly inconvenient for him, and whereas he would have everything to lose he would have precious little to gain.

    The Fashion in Shrouds

  • Rector of East Mardian, her great-nephew by marriage her great-great-nephew and son of the Rector her great-niece of Copse Forge, blacksmith his sons his grand-daughter his grandson landlord of the Green Man his daughter of Yowford, general practitioner of Simmy-Dick’s Service Station of the Yowford Constabulary of the Yowford Constabulary of the C.I.D.,

    Death of a Fool

  • A beautiful woman, then and now, daughter of a general practitioner who volunteered to serveas a psychiatristin World War II, she is unfailingly modest about her culinary abilities.

    The Italian Summer

  • At that moment there arrived Dr. Wood, a brisk and capable general practitioner from the village.



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