Family medicine is a medical specialty devoted to comprehensive health care for people of all ages; the specialist is named a family physician or family doctor. This name emphasizes the holistic nature of this specialty, as well as its roots in the family. It is a division of primary care that provides continuing and comprehensive health care for the individual and family across all ages, genders, diseases, and parts of the body. It is based on knowledge of the patient in the context of the family and the community, emphasizing disease prevention and health promotion. The aim of family medicine is to provide personal, comprehensive and continuing care for the individual in the context of the family and the community.