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n. A person skilled in physic, or the art of healing; one duty authorized to prescribe remedies for, and treat, diseases; a doctor of medicine. Hence, figuratively, one who ministers to moral diseases; as, a physician of the soul. One who practices the art of healing disease and preserving health. One lawfully engaged in the practice of medicine. A physician in England cannot recover for fees, as his practice is altogether honorary. But in all the United States, he may recover for his services. 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. They are sometimes answerable criminally for mala praxis.

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