PHYSICIAN. One lawfully engaged in the practice of medicine.
Doctor of Medicine
2. A physician in England cannot recover for fees, as his practice is
altogether honorary. Peake C. N. P. 96, 123; 4 T. R. 317.
3. But in Pennsylvania, and perhaps in all the United States, he may
recover for his services. 5 Serg. & Rawle, 416. The law implies, therefore,
a contract on the part of a medical man, as well as those of other
professions, to discharge their duty in a skillful and attentive manner; and
the law will redress the party injured by their neglect or ignorance. 1
Saund. 312, R; 1 Ld. Raym. 213; 2 Wils. 359; 8 East, 348.
4. They are sometimes answerable criminally for mala praxis. (q.v.) 2
Russ. on Cr. 288; Ayl. Pand. 213; Com. Dig. h.t. Vin. Ab. h.t.
, attending physician
, country doctor
, family doctor
, general practitioner
, house physician
, medical attendant
, medical examiner
, medical man
, medical practitioner
, physician in ordinary
, resident physician