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An internist, family physician, or pediatrician who performs general medicine; one who treats most diseases that do not require surgery, sometimes including those related to obstetrics.
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A physician who sees the patient as a whole “unit” (i.e., not as an “organ system”, as would a specialist); generalists include family practitioners, internists and paediatricians.
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A physician who sees the Pt as a whole 'unit', ie not as an 'organ system' specialist; generalists include family practitioners, internists, pediatricians. See Family practitioner, Holistic approach, Internist. Cf General practitioner.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


A general physician or family physician; a physician trained to take care of the majority of nonsurgical diseases, sometimes including obstetrics.
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Patient discussion about generalist

Q. My family doctor has suggested to go on a diet. Do you hate food? Your answer will be ‘NO’. So I am not shy to say that I love foodie. But the fat in the food loves my body even more. I have put an immense amount of weight and my family doctor has suggested to go on a diet. I feel deprived though I know that a diet is necessary for me.

A. GOD BLESS YOU...I HAVE BEEN SMALL ALL MY LIFE..SO I DO NOT KNOW WHAT IT IS TO TRY TO LOOSE WEIGHT....but in do know that it is killing alot of people,keep doing what you are doing,you will get there.....the hardest part for you will be seeing all the junk.,that is out there....i often the people who make this in themselves..or give it to there children?..peace...mrfoot56

Q. My family doctor advised me to cut smoking and to have more orange juice and didn’t give any meds.Why is it so I work in suburban zone in a construction site. My worksite is very dusty and polluted as lot many industries also exist there. While coming home I face huge traffic pollution. It’s a 1 hour journey. This creates stress to me. My family doctor advised me to cut smoking and to have more orange juice and didn’t give any meds. Why is it so?

A. YEah, probably your doctor believes that by increasing amount of anti-oxidants inside your body, your body will be able to fight the negative effect from the pollution.
the chemical pollution can come from anywhere in our daily living. that's why it is recommended for all of us to strengthen our body defense by eating healthy foods (and even consume multivitamins), and stop the activities that will harm our body (such as smoking, alcoholic drinks, etc.).

Fruits and some vegetables (you can try: orange, apple, berries, tomato, grapes, etc.) are believed to have high content of anti-oxidants, so it will help our body to remain healthy.
Good luck and stay healthy always!

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