Internal Medicine and Your Life

Does your primary care physician, or doctor, refer to themselves as an internist? Why call it internal medicine at all? There are a multitude of reasons you should note the differences between an internist and a family practitioner style doctor. Learning more about internists can serve you and your health in the future.

First of all, internal medicine focuses on the study, diagnoses and treatment of adult diseases. The keyword here is adult. Internists treat only adult diseases. They can be considered a primary care physician or doctor, but they do not practice medicine on children and generally do not have a general practice. They have been to school to study not only general medicine, but also have to focus on a specific field within the realm of adult heath care.

Perhaps even more interesting, most internists’ professional associations and societies refer to the physicians who practice the form of medicine as the “doctor’s doctor”. The reason behind this title is based in the way an internist studies the prevention and treatment of the disease. Often, internists will be called on by their peers to help understand and even diagnose a patient’s ailments when all other diagnostic measures fail.

If your primary care physician is an internist you are in luck because their focus is on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of adult diseases. Having a regular doctor that focuses on internal medicine can be beneficial for you for a number of reasons. You can rest assured that you and patients like you will be the focus of their attention. They are extremely interested in the adult patient-no matter how minor or major the medical issue.

An internist can specialize in many areas of medicine, from the fields of sports medicine to gastroenterology to cardiology. All of these subspecialties mean that you are receiving very detailed care. Internists are highly educated individuals, motivated by understanding what makes you tick. This is where those with a focus in internal medicine really shine. They are eager to help you prevent disease by answering your questions and teaching you better understand your body, ailments and issues that may occur later in life.

If you find yourself needing a new primary care physician, consider looking for an internist. You will be very satisfied with the amount of concern and detail you receive from your care provider. In fact, after receiving care from an internist, no matter what the specialty, you may be hesitant to receive care from a general practitioner.

As always, when choosing a new internal medicine doctor, consider online forums and recommendations. Also consider the recommendations of your friends. This advice is invaluable, as they have already experienced the doctor’s bedside manner first hand. Don’t hesitate to make an appointment with an internist. They have your health and physical well being at heart. They will be eager to spend an equal amount of time discussing your medical options as touching base with you about your aches and pains

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The Complexities of Modern Medicine

ince the beginning of human life, medicine has always existed in the society. Earlier when men used to gather in tribes or bands or groups there was always someone who was known to be the medicine man. The medicine man either prescribed herbs or danced to chase evil spirits away or chanted or prescribed potions to get rid off evil spirits and wake up good spirits. Being the centre of the society he always cared about the good health and well being of his fellow men.

Those days the doctors had very sharp observation and were well aware of the surrounding world. They would understand on which herbs could be ingested in the human body or which ones could be put on injuries. Even today doctors have to observe their patients very well when they take updates on their health or examine them before they arrive on a diagnosis.

Since the beginning doctors are gifted with two major strengths. One is that they exceptional observation skills. The other is the way they maintain a relation with their patients. Their first skill helps them to arrive at a proper diagnosis and prescribe medicines for the disease whereas the second one enables them to convey any bad news about the health of the patient to him or his family members.

In today’s times medicines are getting more complex and heath care is getting more and more expensive. This is coupled with an uncertainty on how the society will deal with such issues. Due to this it is not much desired to become a doctor. The sad part of this is that not all M.D. qualified doctors deserve to practice due to their personality or their manners.

The profession of medicine requires the person who practices to be intelligent and well aware of his field and also he should be able to connect with people. Hippocrates, who is considered to be the father of medicines has coined a phrase – “But first, do no harm.” This suggests that the practitioner must never do any harm to his patients in his practice. This was more important than any psychological pain to the families or patients due to the doctor not being able to convey bad news.

Our society is facing issues regarding high costs of health care and an aging population combined with a low physician pool. Due to this there will be ethical issues on when the treatment of certain diagnosis is enough. Irrespective of the answer to this question, the person delivering the conclusion will have to speak to the patient and family members and be responsible for the emotions due to the decision taken. He will not be able to simply escape from the situation and leave the family to take control in the best possible way.

So you see medicine was never built on a ‘who cares’ attitude but a willingness to take interest and help. Never earning money can be the only motive of medicine as a profession. It has to be responsible for any harm it may cause to the patient.

Brent McNutt enjoys networking with healthcare professionals online. He also likes talking about Lan

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