A family doctor is a physician who takes care of the whole family. Family doctors take care of the physical, mental, and emotional health of their patients and their patients' families. They know your family's health history and how it can affect you. They are trained to care for you through all the stages of your life.
Family doctors are trained in all areas of medicine and care for patients of all ages. They can diagnose and treat the full range of problems people usually bring to their doctors. They know when to treat you, and, if necessary, when to bring in another specialist.
Source: MedlinePlus and the American Academy of Family Physicians
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- American Academy of Family Physicians
- A wealth of health information for the whole family from the American Academy of Family Physicians. Includes a "Prevention and Wellness" section as well as information in Spanish.
- American Board of Family Medicine
- This is the professional website for family medicine recertification and includes a consumer lookup tool to check board certification of local family physicians.