Selecting a Doctor Glossary of Terms

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Board certified: In medicine, a description for a physician who has taken and passed a med...

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Cardiologist: A physician who specializes in treating heart disorders.

Family practice: The medical specialty which provides continuing and comprehensive health ...

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Gastroenterologist: A physician who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases...

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Internal medicine: The medical specialty dedicated to the diagnosis and medical treatment ...

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OB/GYN: A commonly used abbreviation. OB is short for obstetrics or for an obstetrician, ...

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Oncologist: A physician who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. After a ...

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Pediatrics: The field of medicine that is concerned with the health of infants, children, ...

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Pharmacy: A location where prescription medications are sold. A pharmacy is constantly sup...

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Primary care: A patient's main source for regular medical care, ideally providing continui...

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Referral: The recommendation of a medical or paramedical professional. If you get a refer...

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Stress: In a medical or biological context stress is a physical, mental, or emotional fact...

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