general practitioner

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(GP) (prak-tish-ŏn-er)

a doctor who is the main agent of primary care, through whom patients make first contact with health services for a new episode of illness or fresh developments of chronic diseases. Advice and treatment are provided for those who do not require the expertise of a consultant or other specialist services of hospitals (see secondary care). See also group practice.

Subjects: Medicine and Health.

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