General physician : Specialists

What is a general physician?

This is a doctor who treats a vast range of diseases although he/she may have expertise in a particular area, e.g. arthritis.

What does a general physician do?

He or she is trained to diagnose and treat a variety of medical complaints. This can also include any of 26 medical specialisms such as cardiology or oncology (cancer).

He/she will undertake a range of procedures, for example biopsies, and order treatments which range from the prescription of drugs through to complex regimes such as bone marrow transplants.

A general physician does not perform surgery.

Here are a few examples of general physicians:

  • Oncologists
  • Dermatologists
  • Cardiologists
  • Endocrinologists
  • Neurologists
  • Rheumatologists
  • Gastroenterologists
  • Geriatricians

Each of these is discussed in an individual section.

Other specialties include:

  • Sports medicine
  • Immunology
  • Renal medicine
  • Clinical genetics
  • Allergies
  • Infectious diseases
  • Palliative medicine
  • Neurology

A complete list of these can be found on the Royal College of Physicians website.

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