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About Internal Medicine

In simplest terms internal medicine physicians are doctors for adults.  Doctors of internal medicine focus on adult medicine and have had special study and training focusing on the prevention and treatment of adult diseases. At least three of their seven or more years of medical school and postgraduate training are dedicated to learning how to prevent, diagnose, and treat diseases that affect adults. Internal Medicine Physicians (also called internists) are sometimes referred to as the "doctor's doctor," because they are called upon to act as consultants to other physicians to help solve puzzling diagnostic problems.

 

Caring for the whole patient

Internists are equipped to deal with various problems a patient brings. They are specially trained to solve diagnostic problems and can handle chronic illnesses and situations where several different illnesses may strike at the same time. They also bring to patients an understanding of wellness (disease prevention and the promotion of health), women's health as well as treatment of a diverse variety of illnesses.

 

Caring for you for life

In today's complex medical environment, internists take pride in caring for their patients for life -- in the office or clinic and during hospitalization. When other medical specialists, such as surgeons or obstetricians, are involved, they coordinate their patient's care and manage difficult medical problems associated with that care.

 

What does "internal medicine" mean?

The term "Internal Medicine" comes from the German term Innere Medizin, a discipline popularized in Germany in the late 1800s to describe physicians who combined the science of the laboratory with the care of patients. Many early 20th century American doctors studied medicine in Germany and brought this medical field to the United States. Thus, the name "internal medicine" was adopted. Like many words adopted from other languages, it unfortunately doesn't exactly fit an American meaning.

 


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