General Practitioners

Every family has a doctor who is the first point of contact for any health related concerns. These ‘family doctors’ are General Practitioners who provide general treatment advice to the patients and are not specialists in any stream of medical science. Usually, patients contact them first and then general practitioners offer further advice on their treatment. General practitioners attend medical school and pursue their practice in medicine with no further specialization. Developing a close relation with the patient, sometimes they are associated with families. In addition to medical treatments, they also educate the patient on health and preventive measures. Classically known as family doctors, general practitioners have always been providing medical treatment for every kind of health problem from cold to bone fracture. Later, the medical fields branched out but these practitioners still offer their expertise and advice on health related concerns and guide their patients. From a village to a metropolitan city, they have been still lending their services with full dedication. Discover this space for the list of famous General Practitioners and read their biographies that include trivia and some of the most interesting facts about them and also trace their timeline and life history.

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 1 William Osler

William Osler
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: July 12, 1849
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bradford West Gwillimbury, Canada
Died: December 29, 1919

Johns Hopkins Hospital co-founder William Osler was also an avid historian. He redefined medical education with his emphasis on clinical experience and his book The Principles and Practice of Medicine. Born to a missionary father in Canada, he was to follow in his father’s footsteps but decided to study medicine instead.

 2 Christian Jessen

Christian Jessen
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: March 4, 1977
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hammersmith, London, England, UK

A qualified doctor, Christian Jessen holds a degree in sexual health and has also worked extensively on areas such as HIV. He became a household name after appearing on TV shows such as Embarrassing Bodies. The gay physician has also appeared on non-medical reality shows, such as Ready Steady Cook.

 3 Tess Gerritsen

Tess Gerritsen
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: June 12, 1953
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States
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 4 Bill Frist

Bill Frist
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Famous As: Political Leader
Birthdate: February 22, 1952
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee, USA
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 5 Leonid Rogozov

Leonid Rogozov
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: March 14, 1934
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chita, Russia
Died: September 21, 2000

Leonid Rogozov was a Soviet general practitioner remembered for performing his own appendectomy as he developed appendicitis while stationed at Novolazarevskaya Station; he was part of the sixth Soviet Antarctic Expedition in 1961 when he developed appendicitis. The self-surgery, which was documented by Rogozov’s colleagues, resulted in a change of policy and health checks were made mandatory during such expeditions.

 6 Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa

Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: September 14, 1486
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cologne, Germany
Died: February 18, 1535

Sixteenth-century German scholar Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa was known for his expertise in philosophy and the occult. He also taught at the universities of Pavia and Dôle. His De occulta philosophia suggested magic as a way to reach God. He was eventually branded a heretic and imprisoned.

 7 Michael Greger

Michael Greger
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Famous As: General Practitioner
Birthdate: October 25, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: America
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 8 Johann Friedrich Blumenbach

Johann Friedrich Blumenbach
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: May 11, 1752
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Gotha, Germany
Died: January 22, 1840

A pioneer of physical anthropology, Johann Friedrich Blumenbach laid down one of the first racial classification systems for humans after studying human skulls, dividing mankind into five racial groups. Born into a family of academics, he was a prodigy. He was against scientific racism, though his theory promoted the degenerative hypothesis.

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 9 Rashid Buttar

Rashid Buttar
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Famous As: Physician, Activist
Birthdate: January 20, 1966
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London, England

 10 Hans Sloane

Hans Sloane
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: April 16, 1660
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Killyleagh, Northern Ireland
Died: January 11, 1753

British doctor Hans Sloane traveled to Jamaica as a personal physician of the 2nd duke of Albermarle and was soon engrossed in the natural species of the region. He documented his collections, and they eventually helped form the British Museum. He is also known as the inventor of drinking chocolate.

 11 Saint Blaise

Saint Blaise
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Sivas, Turkey
Died: 0316 AD

 12 Tan Cheng Bock

Tan Cheng Bock
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 26, 1940
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Singapore, Straits Settlements
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 13 Margaret Chan

Margaret Chan
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: August 21, 1947
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hong Kong, China

Former WHO director-general and one of Forbes’s most powerful women, Margaret Chan was both applauded and criticized for her decision to cull Hong Kong’s entire poultry stock in 3 days to control the H5N1 virus in 1997. She was also in charge during the 2003 SARS outbreak in the city.

 14 Willem Einthoven

Willem Einthoven
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Famous As: Inventor of the first practical ECG
Birthdate: May 21, 1860
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Semarang
Died: September 29, 1927

Willem Einthoven was a Dutch physiologist and physician whose invention of the electrocardiogram in 1895 earned him the prestigious Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1924. He is also credited with theorizing the existence of Einthoven's triangle, which is named in his honor.

 15 Antonia Novello

Antonia Novello
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Famous As: Former Surgeon General
Birthdate: August 23, 1944
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fajardo, Puerto Rico

Antonia Novello became the first female and the first person of Hispanic origin to become the U.S. surgeon general. Initially a pediatric nephrologist, she later switched to Public Health Service, after realizing she was too emotional to be a pediatrician. The Puerto Rican physician was also a UNICEF representative.

 16 Sócrates

Sócrates
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: February 19, 1954
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Belém, State of Pará, Brazil
Died: December 4, 2011

 17 Bidhan Chandra Roy

Bidhan Chandra Roy
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Famous As: Political Leader, Physician
Birthdate: July 1, 1882
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bankipore
Died: July 1, 1962

Bidhan Chandra Roy was an Indian educationist, physician, statesman, philanthropist, and freedom fighter. Widely regarded as the chief designer of modern West Bengal, Roy founded several institutions and four cities in the state. He also served as West Bengal's chief minister from 1948 to 1962. In 1961, Bidhan Chandra Roy was honored with India's highest civilian award, The Bharat Ratna.

 18 Ran Laurie

Ran Laurie
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Famous As: Physician, Rower
Birthdate: June 4, 1915
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Grantchester, Cambridgeshire, England
Died: September 19, 1998

 19 Robert Lanza

Robert Lanza
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Famous As: Medical Doctor
Birthdate: February 11, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

 20 Y S Rajasekhara Reddy

Y S Rajasekhara Reddy
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 8, 1949
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pulivendula, India
Died: September 2, 2009

Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, once the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, India, was known for his commitment to farmers. A qualified doctor, he initially worked as a medical officer and launched a hospital, too. He died in a tragic helicopter crash in the Nallamala Hills, along with 4 others on board.

 21 Hans Rosling

Hans Rosling
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Famous As: Statistician
Birthdate: July 27, 1948
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Uppsala, Sweden
Died: February 7, 2017

A Swedish physician, academic, and public speaker, Hans Rosling was the co-founder of Gapminder Foundation, that is known for the development the Trendalyzer software system. He gave several talks/lectures, presented television documentaries like Don’t Panic: The Truth about Population and also co-authored a bestselling book titled Factfulness. Additionally, he was a professor of international health at Karolinska Institute too.

 22 Frederick Cook

Frederick Cook
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Famous As: Explorer
Birthdate: June 10, 1865
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hortonville, New York, United States
Died: August 5, 1940

Apart from being a qualified physician, Frederick Cook was also a passionate explorer. He was initially the surgeon on explorer Robert E. Peary’s team. He later created controversy by conflicting with Peary, saying it was him and not Peary who had first explored the North Pole, though his claims were denounced.

 23 Nicholas Barbon

Nicholas Barbon
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: 1640 AD
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 1698 AD

The son of a preacher, economist Nicholas Barbon actively participated in reconstructing London following the Great Fire of 1666 and then launched his own insurance company, pioneering fire insurance. As an economist, he penned significant works on the free market and division of labor. He was also a qualified doctor.

 24 Paul Schäfer

Paul Schäfer
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Famous As: Medic
Birthdate: December 4, 1921
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Troisdorf, Germany
Died: April 24, 2010

Paul Schäfer Schneide was a Nazi era German colonel, who at the end of WWII founded an orphanage in West Germany. Charged with child molestation, he fled to Chile, where he established an isolated colony. But charged with child abuse, he had to flee once more before being arrested and convicted on twenty-five counts. He died while serving his term.

 25 Donald Henderson

Donald Henderson
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Famous As: Medical Doctor
Birthdate: September 7, 1928
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lakewood, Ohio, United States
Died: August 19, 2016

 26 Hans Münch

Hans Münch
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: May 14, 1911
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
Died: 2001 AD

 27 Ed Roberts

Ed Roberts
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Famous As: American computer pioneer and physician
Birthdate: September 13, 1941
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Miami, Florida,United States
Died: April 1, 2010

 28 Gabor Maté

Gabor Maté
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Famous As: Physician, Writer
Birthdate: January 6, 1944
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary

 29 Alan L. Hart

Alan L. Hart
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: October 4, 1890
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Coffey County, Kansas, United States
Died: July 1, 1962

 30 Hua Tuo

Hua Tuo
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Bozhou, China
Died: 0208 AD

 31 Conrad Gessner

Conrad Gessner
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: March 26, 1516
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Zürich, Switzerland
Died: December 13, 1565

Born to a poor fur dealer, Conrad Gessner was sent to study under an uncle who dealt in medicinal herbs. He then studied theology but later grew up to become a Renaissance polymath, excelling in subjects such as natural history and medicine. His Bibliotheca universalis remains a major work in bibliography.

 32 Peter Attia

Peter Attia
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: March 19, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 33 Leonard Wood

Leonard Wood
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Famous As: Politician, Military personnel
Birthdate: October 9, 1860
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Winchester, New Hampshire, United States
Died: August 7, 1927

 34 Johann Friedrich Struensee

Johann Friedrich Struensee
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: August 5, 1737
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Halle, Germany
Died: April 28, 1772

Eighteenth-century German physician Johann Friedrich Struensee was the official physician of King Christian VII of Denmark, who was mentally unstable. He later started dominating the court and also began an affair with Queen Caroline Matilda. In spite of introducing several reforms, he was eventually beheaded, following a coup.

 35 Kitasato Shibasaburo

Kitasato Shibasaburo
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: January 29, 1853
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Oguni, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan
Died: June 13, 1931

 36 Aulus Cornelius Celsus

Aulus Cornelius Celsus
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Famous As: Medical doctor
Birthdate: October 31, 0026
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Roman Empire
Died: 0050 AD

 37 Richard Sackler

Richard Sackler
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Famous As: Businessperson and Physician
Birthdate: March 10, 1945
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: United States

 38 Otmar Freiherr von Verschuer

Otmar Freiherr von Verschuer
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Famous As: Human biologist
Birthdate: July 16, 1896
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Wildeck, Germany
Died: August 8, 1969

German biologist and eugenicist Otmar Freiherr von Verschuer was an advocate of racial hygiene and the mandatory sterilization of the physically and mentally disabled. He also led the Nazi experiments on twins based on body parts made available to him from the inmates of various concentration camps.

 39 Thomas Anthony Dooley III

Thomas Anthony Dooley III
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: January 17, 1927
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: January 18, 1961

 40 Ahn Cheol-Soo

Ahn Cheol-Soo
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 26, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pusan, South Korea

 41 Hedy Fry

Hedy Fry
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Famous As: politician and physician who is currently the longest-serving female Member of Parliament
Birthdate: August 6, 1941
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago

 42 Bhasha Mukherjee

Bhasha Mukherjee
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: November 5, 1995
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Born in Kolkata, India, Bhasha Mukherjee moved to England as a 9-year-old kid. She later not only acquired a medical degree but also won the Miss England 2019 pageant, and later represented England at the Miss World contest. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, she returned to medical practice.

 43 Earle Page

Earle Page
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Famous As: Prime minister of Australia
Birthdate: August 8, 1880
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Grafton, Australia
Died: December 20, 1961

Country Party leader Earle Page was not just Australia’s minister of health and commerce but had also been its prime minister for 19 days, after the death of prime minister Joseph Lyons. His efforts to bring about a comprehensive national health plan was appreciated by all. He was also knighted.

 44 Emin Pasha

Emin Pasha
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: March 28, 1840
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Opole, Poland
Died: October 23, 1892

Eduard Schnitzer, or Emin Pasha, was born into a German Jewish family in modern-day Poland. A qualified physician, he moved to Constantinople after being disqualified in Germany. He not only served the Ottoman rulers but also surveyed and explored Africa extensively. He was eventually killed by Arab slave raiders.

 45 Ignazio Cassis

Ignazio Cassis
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Famous As: President of Switzerland
Birthdate: April 13, 1961
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sessa, Ticino, Switzerland

The current president of Switzerland and FDP.The Liberals politician, Ignazio Cassis is also a qualified doctor of internal medicine, who has previously led the Swiss Medical Association as its vice president. He is also fluent in German, French, and Italian, and was initially an Italian citizen.

 46 William Thornton

William Thornton
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: May 20, 1759
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tortola, British Virgin Islands
Died: March 28, 1828

British-American William Thornton was initially trained in medicine and that is when he began drawing and sketching as part of his medical notes. He later won a contest for the design of the Library Company of Philadelphia's new hall. He also designed the Capitol in Washington, D.C.

 47 Maja Einstein

Maja Einstein
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Famous As: Romanist
Birthdate: November 18, 1881
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Munich, Germany
Died: June 25, 1951

Maja Einstein is remembered as Albert Einstein’s younger sister and only sibling. After acquiring a Ph.D. in romance languages and literature from Bern, Switzerland, she got married. However, at the beginning of World War II, she fled to the U.S. and remained estranged from her husband till her death.

 48 Paul Rée

Paul Rée
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: November 21, 1849
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bartelshagen, Germany
Died: October 28, 1901

German author and philosopher Paul Rée, whose writings influenced much of his friend Friedrich Nietzsche’s works, was born to affluent Jewish parents. While he initially studied philosophy and law, Rée later became a physician. He died while hiking on the Swiss Alps, though some feel he had committed suicide.

 49 Georges Canguilhem

Georges Canguilhem
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: June 4, 1904
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Castelnaudary, Aude, France
Died: September 11, 1995

 50 Thābit ibn Qurra

Thābit ibn Qurra
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: 0836 AD
Birthplace: Harran, Turkey
Died: February 8, 0901