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medicine

 [med´ĭ-sin]
1. any drug or remedy.
2. the art and science of the diagnosis and treatment of disease and the maintenance of health.
3. the nonsurgical treatment of disease.
alternative medicine see complementary and alternative medicine.
aviation medicine the branch of medicine that deals with the physiologic, medical, psychologic, and epidemiologic problems involved in flying.
ayurvedic medicine the traditional medicine of India, done according to Hindu scriptures and making use of plants and other healing materials native to India.
behavioral medicine a type of psychosomatic medicine focused on psychological means of influencing physical symptoms, such as biofeedback or relaxation.
clinical medicine
1. the study of disease by direct examination of the living patient.
2. the last two years of the usual curriculum in a medical college.
complementary medicine (complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)) a large and diverse set of systems of diagnosis, treatment, and prevention based on philosophies and techniques other than those used in conventional Western medicine, often derived from traditions of medical practice used in other, non-Western cultures. Such practices may be described as alternative, that is, existing as a body separate from and as a replacement for conventional Western medicine, or complementary, that is, used in addition to conventional Western practice. CAM is characterized by its focus on the whole person as a unique individual, on the energy of the body and its influence on health and disease, on the healing power of nature and the mobilization of the body's own resources to heal itself, and on the treatment of the underlying causes, rather than symptoms, of disease. Many of the techniques used are the subject of controversy and have not been validated by controlled studies.
emergency medicine the medical specialty that deals with the acutely ill or injured who require immediate medical treatment. See also emergency and emergency care.
experimental medicine study of the science of healing diseases based on experimentation in animals.
family medicine family practice.
forensic medicine the application of medical knowledge to questions of law; see also medical jurisprudence. Called also legal medicine.
group medicine the practice of medicine by a group of physicians, usually representing various specialties, who are associated together for the cooperative diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease.
internal medicine the medical specialty that deals with diagnosis and medical treatment of diseases and disorders of internal structures of the body.
legal medicine forensic medicine.
nuclear medicine the branch of medicine concerned with the use of radionuclides in diagnosis and treatment of disease.
patent medicine a drug or remedy protected by a trademark, available without a prescription.
physical medicine physiatry.
preclinical medicine the subjects studied in medicine before the student observes actual diseases in patients.
preventive medicine the branch of medical study and practice aimed at preventing disease and promoting health.
proprietary medicine any chemical, drug, or similar preparation used in the treatment of diseases, if such article is protected against free competition as to name, product, composition, or process of manufacture by secrecy, patent, trademark, or copyright, or by other means.
psychosomatic medicine the study of the interrelations between bodily processes and emotional life.
socialized medicine a system of medical care regulated and controlled by the government; called also state medicine.
space medicine the branch of aviation medicine concerned with conditions encountered by human beings in space.
sports medicine the field of medicine concerned with injuries sustained in athletic endeavors, including their prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.
state medicine socialized medicine.
travel medicine (travelers' medicine) the subspecialty of tropical medicine consisting of the diagnosis and treatment or prevention of diseases of travelers.
tropical medicine medical science as applied to diseases occurring primarily in the tropics and subtropics.
veterinary medicine the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of animals other than humans.

fam·i·ly med·i·cine

the medical specialty concerned with providing continuous, comprehensive care to all age groups, from first patient contact to terminal care, with special emphasis on care of the family as a unit.

family medicine

n.
The branch of primary-care medicine that provides comprehensive health care to people regardless of age or sex and emphasizes the family unit. Also called family practice.

family medicine

the branch of medicine that is concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of health problems in people of either sex and any age. Practitioners of family medicine are often called family practice physicians, family physicians, or, formerly, general practitioners. They often act as the primary health care providers, referring complex disorders to a specialist.

fam·i·ly med·i·cine

(fam'i-lē med'i-sin)
The medical specialty concerned with providing continuous comprehensive care to all age groups, from first patient contact to terminal care, with special emphasis on care of the family as a unit.

fam·i·ly med·i·cine

(fam'i-lē med'i-sin)
Medical specialty concerned with providing continuous comprehensive care to all age groups, from first patient contact to terminal care, with special emphasis on care of the family as a unit.
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In 2011, Murphy's passion for teaching brought her to Cabarrus Family Medicine in Concord, North Carolina, where she continues mentoring the next generation of family physicians and providing care to patients of all ages.
As a result of the all-in policy, there were 1,000 more internal medicine positions in the Match, 297 more family medicine positions, and 141 positions in pediatrics, according to NRMP.
In 2011, some 160 students opted for DNB in family medicine while 300 could have been admitted.
Prof Alnasir was speaking ahead of the Family Medicine Conference, which will take place at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) on October 23-25.
For his part, Talaat underlined the University's interest in benefiting from the Syrian experience in the field of family medicine and in cooperating with the Ministry of Health in exchanging expertise and in the field of accreditation of health care institutions.
The new residency slots are a result of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act and will help Arkansas meet the demand for family medicine physicians.
Bellingham Natural Family Medicine has been in Bellingham for eight years.
For doctors, trainers, and educators, this handbook discusses elements of advanced consulting in family medicine, what constitutes expert behaviors, how family doctors can acquire higher levels of expertise, and how changes in behavior can be identified and evaluated.
Pamela Davis, director for the Northridge Family Medicine Residency Center, totes her black bag and one of the newly minted physicians from the program and heads into San Fernando Valley homes.
Professor Al Nasir, who obtained his PhD in Family Medicine from the University of Glasgow in 1987, is also a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners - UK and member of the Irish College of General Practiti-oners in Dublin.
However, there is a glaring hole on the list for family medicine specialists.
Despite the increasing popularity of primary care sports medicine fellowships, as evidenced by the more than twofold increase in family medicine sports medicine fellowships from a total of 31 accredited programs during the 1998/1999 academic year (ACGME, 1998) to 63 during the 2003/2004 academic year (ACGME, 2006), there are few empirical studies to support the efficacy of such programs.

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