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Medical doctor, doctor, physician

Discussion in 'Spanish-English Vocabulary / Vocabulario Español-Inglés' started by Patry, May 15, 2006.

  1. Patry New Member

    Huinca Renancó . Córdoba
    Español Argentina
    Hola; quisiera saber la diferencia, si es que alguien puede ayudarme, entre estas tres palabras: Medical Doctor, doctor y Physician.
  2. Txiri

    Txiri Senior Member

    USA English
    In AmE, although other persons may graduate with degrees conferring on them the title of doctor, all three generally refer to medical doctor.
  3. Barbara S. Senior Member

    I think a medical doctor who practices medicine is a physician. There are M.D.s who are research scientists and don't treat patients so they are not called physicians. Commonly we say, "Can you recommend a doctor" or "Can you recommend a physician?" It's the same. We never say "Can you recommend a medical doctor?"
  4. aurilla Senior Member

    Puerto Rico
    Am Eng/PR Spanish
    A "medical doctor" is a "physician". They mean the same.

    Unless, you specify otherwise in the sentence or previous information, "doctor" is usually understood to mean "medical doctor." Other doctors would be those with a doctorate degree or PhD.
  5. Barbara S. Senior Member

    Webster's 9th says a physician is a person skilled in the art of healing; specifically a doctor of medicine. I still believe that doctors of medicine who do not treat patients do not call themselves physicians. Most doctors I know refer to themselves by their specialties - i.e oncologist, internist, pediatrician.
  6. aurilla Senior Member

    Puerto Rico
    Am Eng/PR Spanish
    medical doctors who don't work directly with patients, such as those who do research and development (R & D) are called "medical researchers / scientists"
  7. Il Cavaliere New Member

    Spain (spanish)
    La terminología correcta es que Physician es un médico; doctor es un licenciado (en medicina, filosofía, historia...etc) que ha completado el programa de postgrado en la universidad, del Doctorado, y por eso tiene título de "doctor".

    Para entendernos, un licencido en medicina es un physician, pero si ha completado el doctorado, entonces es un Medical Doctor (por haber hecho el doctorado en medicina).

    Un doctor seria cualquier universitario que hubiera completado un doctorado.

    El problema, es que en España llamamos doctores a los médicos y no todos los médicos tienen el doctorado hecho.

    Espero haberte ayudado.
  8. Dudu678

    Dudu678 Senior Member

    Español (España)
    Il Cavaliere, llevas razón en lo del doctorado, mucha gente no sabe ni lo que es, pero me temo que en inglés es mucho más acusado. De hecho, en inglés, a doctor = un médico.

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