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What's the difference between an internist and a family medicine doctor?

The biggest difference between an internist and a family medicine doctor is the age of the patients they treat. Family medicine doctors, or family practitioners, usually see all ages -- from babies to seniors. Some family medicine doctors choose to deliver babies as well. Internal medicine doctors, or internists, only see adults, usually age 18 and older.

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