General Practitioners

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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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Jill Stein
(Member of the Lexington Town Meeting from the 2nd Precinct (2005 - 2010))
Jill Stein
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Birthdate: May 14, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Jill Stein is a physician who later became the presidential nominee for the Green Party in the 2012 and 2016 elections. She has also been the Green-Rainbow Party's candidate for the governorship of Massachusetts in 2002 and 2010. She believed in the Green New Deal, including climate change reforms.
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Sócrates
(Football player)
Sócrates
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Birthdate: February 19, 1954
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Belém, State of Pará, Brazil
Died: December 4, 2011
 3 
William Osler
(Physician)
William Osler
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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.

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Christian Jessen
(British Celebrity Doctor Known for His Role in Shows: 'Embarrassing Bodies' and 'Supersize vs Superskinny')
Christian Jessen
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Birthdate: March 4, 1977
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hammersmith, London, England

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.

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Bill Frist
(Political Leader)
Bill Frist
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Birthdate: February 22, 1952
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee, USA
 6 
Leonid Rogozov
(Soviet General Practitioner Who Took Part in the Sixth Soviet Antarctic Expedition)
Leonid Rogozov
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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.

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A. J. Cronin
(Scottish Novelist Best Known for His Novel 'The Citadel')
A. J. Cronin
4
Birthdate: July 19, 1896
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cardross, Scotland
Died: January 6, 1981
A. J. Cronin was a Scottish novelist and physician best remembered for his 1937 novel The Citadel. The novel, which received the National Book Award in 1937, helped inspire the creation of the National Health Service. Many of his books, including The Citadel, have been adapted to films. His novella Country Doctor inspired a TV series titled Dr. Finlay's Casebook.
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Tess Gerritsen
(Novelist)
Tess Gerritsen
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Birthdate: June 12, 1953
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States
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Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa
(German Polymath and Occult Writer Known for His Book 'Three Books of Occult Philosophy')
Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa
4
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.

 10 
Michael Greger
(General Practitioner)
Michael Greger
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Birthdate: October 25, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: America
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Linda Hazzard
(Physician, Serial killer)
Linda Hazzard
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Birthdate: December 18, 1867
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Carver, Minnesota, United States
Died: June 24, 1938
 12 
Rashid Buttar
(Physician, Activist)
Rashid Buttar
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Birthdate: January 20, 1966
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London, England
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Johann Friedrich Blumenbach
(German Physician & Naturalist Considered to be a Main Founder of 'Zoology' and 'Anthropology' as Comparative, Scientific Disciplines)
Johann Friedrich Blumenbach
4
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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Hans Sloane
(Physician, Naturalist and 13th President of the Royal Society (1727 - 1741))
Hans Sloane
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Birthdate: April 16, 1660
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Killyleagh, 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.

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Saint Blaise
(Physician)
Saint Blaise
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Birthplace: Sivas, Turkey
Died: 0316 AD
 16 
Tan Cheng Bock
(Chairman of the 'Progress Singapore Party')
Tan Cheng Bock
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Birthdate: April 26, 1940
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Singapore, Straits Settlements

Tan Cheng Bock is a Singaporean medical practitioner and politician. He is the current Chairman of the Progress Singapore Party, which he founded with 11 other members in 2019. From 28 March 2019 to 31 March 2021, he served as the party's first Secretary-General. Also known for his philanthropic activities, Tan has been involved with organizations like Disabled People's Association.   

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Willem Einthoven
(Inventor of the first practical ECG)
Willem Einthoven
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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.

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Bidhan Chandra Roy
(Political Leader, Physician)
Bidhan Chandra Roy
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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.

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Y S Rajasekhara Reddy
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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.

 20 
Ran Laurie
(Physician, Rower)
Ran Laurie
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Birthdate: June 4, 1915
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Grantchester, Cambridgeshire, England
Died: September 19, 1998
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Antonia Novello
(The First Woman and First Hispanic to Serve as Surgeon General of the United States)
Antonia Novello
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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.

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Gabor Maté
(Physician, Writer)
Gabor Maté
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Birthdate: January 6, 1944
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
 23 
Robert Lanza
(Medical Doctor)
Robert Lanza
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Birthdate: February 11, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
 24 
Frederick Cook
(American Explorer, Physician, and Ethnographer)
Frederick Cook
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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.

 25 
Hans Münch
(Physician)
Hans Münch
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Birthdate: May 14, 1911
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
Died: 2001 AD
 26 
Donald Henderson
(Medical Doctor)
Donald Henderson
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Birthdate: September 7, 1928
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lakewood, Ohio, United States
Died: August 19, 2016
 27 
Ed Roberts
(American computer pioneer and physician)
Ed Roberts
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Birthdate: September 13, 1941
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Miami, Florida,United States
Died: April 1, 2010
 28 
Alan L. Hart
(Physician)
Alan L. Hart
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Birthdate: October 4, 1890
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Coffey County, Kansas, United States
Died: July 1, 1962
 29 
Leonard Wood
(Politician, Military personnel)
Leonard Wood
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Birthdate: October 9, 1860
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Winchester, New Hampshire, United States
Died: August 7, 1927
 30 
Hua Tuo
(Physician)
Hua Tuo
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Birthplace: Bozhou, China
Died: 0208 AD
 31 
Conrad Gessner
(Swiss Physician, Naturalist and Philologist Known for His Systematic Compilations of Information on Animals and Plants)
Conrad Gessner
3
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 
Johann Friedrich Struensee
(Royal Physician to the Mentally Ill 'King Christian VII' of Denmark)
Johann Friedrich Struensee
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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.

 33 
Kitasato Shibasaburo
3
Birthdate: January 29, 1853
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Oguni, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan
Died: June 13, 1931
 34 
Richard Sackler
(Businessperson and Physician)
Richard Sackler
1
Birthdate: March 10, 1945
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: United States
 35 
Paul Rée
(Writer)
Paul Rée
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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.

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Aulus Cornelius Celsus
(Medical doctor)
Aulus Cornelius Celsus
3
Birthdate: 0026
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Roman Empire
Died: 0050 AD
 37 
Otmar Freiherr von Verschuer
3
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.

 38 
Ahn Cheol-Soo
(Politician)
Ahn Cheol-Soo
3
Birthdate: February 26, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pusan, South Korea
 39 
Thomas Anthony Dooley III
3
Birthdate: January 17, 1927
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: January 18, 1961
 40 
Peter Attia
(Physician)
Peter Attia
1
Birthdate: March 19, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
 41 
Ignazio Cassis
(President of Switzerland)
Ignazio Cassis
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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.

 42 
Emin Pasha
(Physician)
Emin Pasha
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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.

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Bhasha Mukherjee
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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.

 44 
Maja Einstein
(Romanist)
Maja Einstein
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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.

 45 
Georges Canguilhem
(Philosopher)
Georges Canguilhem
3
Birthdate: June 4, 1904
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Castelnaudary, Aude, France
Died: September 11, 1995
Mariam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag
3
Birthdate: November 3, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Al Qadarif, Sudan
 47 
Paschal Beverly Randolph
(Physician, Occultist)
Paschal Beverly Randolph
0
Birthdate: October 8, 1825
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: July 29, 1875
 48 
Thābit ibn Qurra
(Mathematician)
Thābit ibn Qurra
3
Birthdate: 0836 AD
Birthplace: Harran, Turkey
Died: February 8, 0901
 49 
Margaret Chan
(Former Director-General of the World Health Organization (2006 - 2017))
Margaret Chan
2
Birthdate: August 21, 1947
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hong Kong

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.

 50 
Jacinto Convit
(Physician)
Jacinto Convit
3
Birthdate: September 12, 1913
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Caracas, Venezuela
Died: May 12, 2014