Can You Match the Medical Issue With the Doctor Who Treats It?

By: Becky

Can You Match the Medical Issue With the Doctor Who Treats It?
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About This Quiz

How well do you know medical specialties? Think you can identify them all? Take this quiz to find out just how much you really know about what doctors do.

"Mother, mother, I feel sick. Send for the doctor, quick, quick, quick!" Remember this book? It was written by Remy Charlip and published in 1966. Great read.

Although in the book the little boy's mother called the family doctor, what we would call an Internist or a Family Medicine doctor, she might have been better off calling a surgeon. After all, the little boy was munching on a lot of stuff that he really shouldn't have been. Either way, knowing what doctors do is key to understanding what type of doctor to call when you're sick.

One of the best ways to understand what medical specialties stand for is to understand the origins of the name of each specialty - their names have Greek roots. For instance, the word dermatology stems from the Greek word "derma," which means "skin." Similarly, the word cardiology stems from the Greek word "kardia," which means "heart." Once you get the root words down, you'll be able to identify each of the specialties.

Let's see if you can identify all 35 medical specialties.

Stroke
Psychiatrist
Dermatologist
Neurologist
If you've had a stroke, you'll probably need to see a neurologist. Neurologists are trained to deal with disorders of the nervous system.
Psychologist

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Heart attack
Dermatologist
Psychiatrist
Gynecologist
Cardiologist
A cardiologist will treat you if you have had a heart attack. Cardiologists are specially trained to deal with heart disease and disorders.

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Bipolar disorder
Cardiologist
Gynecologist
Dermatologist
Psychiatrist
A psychiatrist would treat bipolar disorder. Psychiatrists are specially trained to treat mental health diseases and disorders.

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Cancer
Cardiologist
Obstetrician
Psychiatrist
Oncologist
An oncologist treats cancer. However, certain "smaller" cancers may be treated by the specialist of the system the cancer affects.

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Acne
Psychiatrist
Cardiologist
Dermatologist
A dermatologist would treat acne. Dermatologists are trained to treat issues of the skin, hair and nails.
Oncologist

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Kidney stones
Urologist
A urologist would treat kidney stones. Urologists are specially trained to treat disorders of the male and female urinary tract.
Oncologist
Dermatologist
Obstetrician

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Inflammatory bowel disease
Psychiatrist
Dermatologist
Cardiologist
Gastroenterologist
A gastroenterologist would treat IBD. Gastroenterologists are specially trained to treat diseases and disorders of the gastrointestinal tract.

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Sleep apnea
Psychiatrist
Dermatologist
Otorhinolaryngologist
Sleep apnea would be treated by an otorhinolaryngologist. Otorhinolaryngologists are specially trained to deal with issues of the ears, nose, and throat (ENT).
Cardiologist

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Gunshot
Dermatologist
Gynecologist
Obstetrician
Emergency physician
An emergency physician is best equipped to deal with a gunshot wound. Emergency physicians are trained in all areas of emergency medicine.

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Cataracts
Ophthalmologist
An ophthalmologist would treat cataracts. Ophthalmologists are specially trained in diseases and disorders of the eye.
Dermatologist
Cardiologist
Psychiatrist

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Cystic fibrosis
Dermatologist
Psychiatrist
Pulmonologist
A pulmonologist would treat cystic fibrosis. Pulmonologists are specially trained to treat diseases of the respiratory tract.
Obstetrician

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Thyroid disorder
Endocrinologist
You would see an endocrinologist for a thyroid disorder. Endocrinologists are specially trained to deal with diseases and disorders of the endocrine system (glands).
Psychiatrist
Obstetrician
Dermatologist

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Hemophilia
Dermatologist
Gynecologist
Hematologist
A hematologist would treat hemophilia. Hematologists are specially trained to deal with diseases and disorders of the blood.
Psychiatrist

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Lupus
Immunologist
An Immunologist would treat lupus. An immunologist is specially trained to treat diseases of the immune system.
Dermatologist
Cardiologist
Psychiatrist

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Arthritis
Psychiatrist
Dermatologist
Obstetrician
Rheumatologist
Rheumatologists treat arthritis. Rheumatologists are specially trained to treat diseases and disorders of the joints and soft tissues.

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Kidney stones
Dermatologist
Psychologist
Nephrologist
Nephrologists treat kidney stones. A nephrologist may also be called a renal physician. They treat issues with kidneys.
Cardiologist

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Alzheimer's
Dermatologist
Immunologist
Nephrologist
Geriatrician
A geriatrician would treat Alzheimer's. Geriatricians are specially trained to treat disorders of the elderly.

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Broken nose
Plastic surgeon
A plastic surgeon might treat a broken nose. Plastic surgeons are specially trained surgeons who treat cosmetic issues.
Cardiologist
Nephrologist
Obstetrician

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Bunions
Podiatrist
A podiatrist would treat bunions. Podiatrists are specially trained to treat disorders of the feet and ankles.
Gynecologist
Obstetrician
Psychiatrist

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Measles
Pediatrician
A Pediatrician would treat measles. Pediatricians treat children and childhood diseases and disorders.
Cardiologist
Nephrologist
Oncologist

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Epilepsy
Neurologist
A neurologist would treat epilepsy. Neurologist are specially trained to treat disorders of the nervous system.
Dermatologist
Psychiatrist
Obstetrician

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High blood pressure
Dermatologist
Psychiatrist
Psychologist
Cardiologist
High blood pressure might be treated by a cardiologist. A primary care physician might refer a patient to a cardiologist if standard medications don't work.

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Schizophrenia
Psychiatrist
Schizophrenia would be treated by a psychiatrist. Psychiatrists are specially trained to treat mental health diseases and disorders.
Cardiologist
Nephrologist
Dermatologist

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Eczema
Psychiatrist
Cardiologist
Dermatologist
A dermatologist would treat eczema. A dermatologist treats conditions of the skin, hair and nails.
Nephrologist

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Urinary tract infection
Urologist
A urologist might treat a urinary tract infection. Urologists are specially trained to treat problems with the urinary tract system.
Psychiatrist
Cardiologist
Dermatologist

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Crohn's disease
Dermatologist
Gynecologist
Proctologist
A proctologist might treat Crohn's disease. Proctologists are specially trained to treat problems with the colon.
Obstetrician

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Ear infection
Dermatologist
Cardiologist
Psychiatrist
Otolaryngologist
An otolaryngologist might treat frequent ear infections. Otolaryngologists are also called ENT doctors or ENTs.

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Pinkeye
Ophthalmologist
An ophthalmologist might treat pinkeye. Ophthalmologists are specially trained to treat diseases of the eye.
Cardiologist
Psychiatrist
Obstetrician

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Tuberculosis
Dermatologist
Cardiologist
Psychologist
Pulmonologist
A pulmonologist would treat tuberculosis. Pulmonologists are specially trained to treat disorders and diseases of the respiratory tract.

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Dermatologist
Cardiologist
Psychiatrist
A psychiatrist would treat PTSD. Psychiatrists are specially trained mental health providers.
Nephrologist

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Diabetes
Dermatologist
Cardiologist
Psychologist
Endocrinologist
An endocrinologist would treat diabetes. Endocrinologists are specially trained to treat disorders and diseases of the glandular system.

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Pregnancy
Obstetrician
An obstetrician deals with pregnancy. Obstetricians are often gynecologists.
Cardiologist
Dermatologist
Psychiatrist

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Anemia
Hematologist
A hematologist would treat anemia. Hematologists treat diseases of the blood.
Dermatologist
Psychiatrist
Cardiologist

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Gout
Rheumatologist
Rheumatologists treat gout. Rheumatologists receive special training in the treatment of joints and soft tissue.
Dermatologist
Gynecologist
Neurologist

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Premenstrual Syndrome
Gynecologist
See your gynecologist if you have PMS. Gynecologists are trained to deal with issues surrounding the menstrual cycle.
Neurologist
Cardiologist
Dermatologist

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