family physician

GC: n

S: (last access: 17 May 2016); (last access: 17 May 2016); (last access: 17 May 2016).

N: 1. family (n): early 15c., “servants of a household,” from Latin familia “family servants, domestics collectively, the servants in a household,” thus also “members of a household, the estate, property; the household, including relatives and servants,” abstract noun formed from famulus “servant, slave,” which is of unknown origin.
physician (n): early 13c., fisicien “a healer, a medical practitioner,” from Old French fisiciien “physician, doctor, sage” (12c., Modern French physicien means “physicist”), from fisique “art of healing,” from Latin physica “natural science”. Distinguished from surgeon from c. 1400. The ph- spelling attested from late 14c.
2. Three results for family physician:

  1. A medical practitioner of the specialty of family medicine.
  2. (formerly) practitioner.
  3. See family practice physician. See also family medicine.

First Known Use of family physician: 1796.
3. Family physicians, through education and residency training, possess distinct attitudes, skills, and knowledge which qualify them to provide continuing and comprehensive medical care, health maintenance and preventive services to each member of the family regardless of sex, age, or type of problem, be it biological, behavioral, or social. These specialists, because of their background and interactions with the family, are best qualified to serve as each patient’s advocate in all health-related matters, including the appropriate use of consultants, health services, and community resources.
4. Cultural Interrelation: We can mention the novel Round the Red Lamp (1894) written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930).

S: 1. OED –; (last access: 17 May 2016). 2. Mosby’s Medical Dictionary, 9th edition. © 2009 – (last access: 17 May 2016); MW – (last access: 17 May 2016). 3. (last access: 17 May 2016). 4. (last access: 17 May 2016).

SYN: family doctor

S: MW – (last access: 17 May 2016); (last access: 17 May 2016).

CR: medicine, physician.