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Re: what is difference

Medical practitioner is a term that covers a range of medical professions. A Doctor could be a doctor of medicine, or of anything else.

In the USA the terms are used differently than Australia or the UK.

I have friends who have 'doctorates' (meaning PhD) in science, history, psychology, mathematics, engineering, teaching, social work etc. In Australia they might refer themselves as 'Dr' for professional reasons. But they are not a 'medical' doctor.

Medical practitioner could also be a nurse. They may or not have a 'doctorate' degree, and it may or may not be a 'Medical Doctorate'. I think in the USA they use 'MD' after their name to indicate being a Medical Doctor.

Within the term of 'doctor' as used to mean a 'medical doctor' - you could also have a 'General Practitioner' - which is a specialist training for general medicine. Here in Switzerland I think that's equivalent to a 'Hauzartz' - house doctor ? - but I get the impression that there is a lower qualification - one who has graduated from a medical science degree, but not with a specialisation, and I'm not sure what they are called in German...

Clear as mud ?
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