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handicapped physicianJoe Segen2016-12-27T02:29:45+00:00
Definition A physician with physical limitations–e.g., with paraplegia, who actively practices medicine, as he/she compensates for the limitations.
Synonym Handicapped doctor
In the working parlance, the phrase handicapped physician is not synonymous with impaired physician, the latter of which has a pejorative overtone. Impaired practitioners are limited by issues related to substance abuse, impulse control, sexual improprieties, and so on, and may have had sanctions placed on their medical practice.