Doctor: In a medical context, any medical professional with an MD, a PhD, or any other doctoral degree. The term doctor is quite unspecific. A doctor may, for example, be a physician, psychologist, biomedical scientist, dentist, or veterinarian. In a nonmedical context, a professor of history might be addressed as doctor, an eminent theologian might be named a doctor of a church, and a person awarded an honorary doctorate by a college or university might also be called a doctor.
- Docosahexaenoic acid
Docosahexaenoic acid: DHA. An essential fatty acid, thought to be important to the development of infants, particularly as regards their eyes and brain. DHA is present in breast milk and has been added to some infant formulas. Postnatal DHA may improve vision and some cognitive functions in infants and toddlers. DHA is an omega-3, polyunsaturated, […]
- Doctor-assisted suicide
Doctor-assisted suicide: The term in the UK for physician-assisted suicide.
- Doctors' symbol
Doctors’ symbol: A staff or rod with a snake curled around it. This is the Rodof Aesculapius (also called Asklepios), the ancientmythical god of medicine. Asklepios may have been a real person who wasrenowned for his gentle remedies and humane treatment of thementally ill.Today, the staff of Aesculapius is a commonly used symbol of medicine. […]
- Doctors Without Borders
Doctors Without Borders: A group which sends physicians and other health workers to some of the most destitute and dangerous parts of the world and encourages them not only to care for people, but also to condemn the injustices they encounter. The 1999 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Doctors Without Borders (in French, Medicins […]
- Dog Bite
A bite wound inflicted by a dog. Approximately 880,000 dog bite victims seek emergency medical care at hospitals in the U.S. every year. The pressure exerted by the dog’s jaws during the bite can cause significant damage to the tissues under the skin, including bones, muscles, tendons, blood vessels, and nerves. The main medical issues […]