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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.

fo·ren·sic med·i·cine

1. the relation and application of medical facts to legal matters;
2. the law in its bearing on the practice of medicine.

legal medicine

(1) Forensic medicine, see there.  
(2) Medical jurisprudence, see there.

fo·ren·sic med·i·cine

(fŏr-en'sik med'i-sin)
1. The relation and application of medical facts to legal matters.
2. The law in its bearing on the practice of medicine.
Synonym(s): legal medicine.

legal

proper under the law.

legal consent
a consent agreement signed by the owner or custodian, consent being to surgery, euthanasia, autopsy, or raising of fees. To be legal, the document needs to be dated, have an accurate description of the animal, an exact description of what is being agreed to, and must not deny the owner the right to proceed in litigation about the matter.
legal evidence
anything properly submitted to a court that will enable it to make a proper judgment on a matter before it.
legal medicine
see forensic veterinary medicine.
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Payne-James is an independent specialist in forensic and legal medicine and has been a Forensic Medical Examiner with the Metropolitan Police Service in London, UK, for nearly 25 years.
It is also an opportunity to meet with experts and specialists in the legal medicine and forensic science fields," Maj Gen Al Mazeina said in his opening speech.
The study is set to be published in the Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine.
Our observations are coherent with a hypothesis of poisoning, in any case more consistent than with the opposite hypothesis (of no poisoning)," Patrice Mangin, director of Lausanne University Hospital's centre of legal medicine, told a news conference.
Patrice Mangin, who heads the Lausanne University Centre of Legal Medicine (CURML), and Francois Bochud, who heads the Institute for Radiation Physics (IRA), will speak to the media at 1:45 pm (12:45 GMT), their institutes said in a statement.
In an October report published by The Lancet, eight scientists working at the Institute of Radiation Physics and University Center of Legal Medicine in Lausanne confirmed they found traces of polonium in separate tests on clothing used by Arafat which they said "support the possibility" he was poisoned.
In an October report published by The Lancet, eight scientists working at the Institute of Radiation Physics and University Centre of Legal Medicine in Lausanne confirmed they found traces of polonium in separate tests on clothing used by Arafat which they said "support the possibility" he was poisoned.
Dr Joaquin Lucena Romero, head of forensic services at the Institute for Legal Medicine, later confirmed De Villota's death "was due to natural causes".
Following a post-mortem examination Dr Joaquin Lucena Romero, head of forensic services at the Institute for Legal Medicine, said: "I can confirm that her death was due to natural causes.
Spain's police force, the Civil Guard, has now taken over the investigation and the woman's body has been moved to the Institute of Legal Medicine of Girona.
The level-three forensic science students worked with pathologists and serologists at the National Institute of Legal Medicine, Bucharest.