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Re: what is difference

Just looked it up for you: for the GERMAN context:

Doctor who is a 'General Practicitioner' has a medical specialisation in 'General Practice' and in German would be a Dr with 'Allgemeinmedizin'.

The "Doctor" meaning medical doctor, is an MD or DO in the USA, and in UK, Australia, Canada, you will usually see 'MBBS'. Which is called a 'Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery. These are 4-6 year degrees.

In Germany there is a 6 year qualification with no definite title (according to Wikepedia). They complete their degree and then do a dissertation - this is probably where the 'medical practitioner' vs. Doctor is relevant. In German, the term 'medical practitioner' is probably referring to someone who has completed their medical degree, but not yet completed their dissertation to be awarded a 'PhD'. Once they have done their dissertation they can be called a 'Dr. Med.'

Hope that makes sense. Obviously the terms 'medical practitioner' and 'doctor' mean very different things in the context - German or English, and even within the languages the word 'doctor' can mean many things...
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