from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The branch of medicine that deals with provision of comprehensive health care to people regardless of age or sex while placing particular emphasis on the family unit. Also called family practice.
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- n. A particular specialty in the field of medicine, one that deals with only general conditions, but of all persons.
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- n. medical practice that provides health care regardless of age or sex while placing emphasis on the family unit
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-- The yellow poplar root bark in powders mixed with sweetning, is good for worms, and as a family medicine is not surpassed by any thing in my knowledge as a preventative of worms, for puny children and such as are frequently troubled with warm spells; it acts like a charm; it should be taken every morning in honey, sugar or molasses; a
The Cherokee Physician, or Indian Guide to Health, as Given by Richard Foreman, a Cherokee Doctor; Comprising a Brief View of Anatomy, With General Rules for Preserving Health without the Use of Medicines. The Diseases of the U. States, with Their Symptoms, Causes, and Means of Prevention, are Treated on in a Satisfactory Manner. It Also Contains a Description of a Variety of Herbs and Roots, Many of which are not Explained in Any Other Book, and their Medical Virtues have Hitherto been Unknown to the Whites; To which is Added a Short Dispensatory.
They read medical guides such as Every Man His Own Doctor—“for Those who can’t afford to dye by the Hand of a Doctor”—by John Tennent, a Virginia physician, which had gone into its fourth edition by 1736, and every autumn they would organize an expedition into the woods to replenish the family medicine chest.