patent medicine

(redirected from Patent medicines)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.


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.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

pa·tent med·i·cine

a medicine usually originally patented, advertised to the public and colloquially, although in somewhat dated usage, one available without prescription.
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
A bottled mixture of herbs and plants, often in a 25% to 50% alcohol base, that was most popular from the 1870s to the 1930s, primarily in the American West; patent medicines were huckstered as cure-alls for conditions ranging from smallpox to cholera, and sold by mail or in travelling medicine shows
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.

pa·tent med·i·cine

(pat'ĕnt med'i-sin)
Medicine originally patented, advertised to the public and colloquially, although in somewhat dated usage, available without prescription.
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012

Patient discussion about patent medicine

Q. What are some good non-prescription lotions for psoriasis

A. from some reason- bathing in the "dead sea" in Israel helps psoriasis. i know they sell mud from the dead sea in malls all over the U.S. try it- could be useful.

Q. question about frobmyagia what meds can i take over the counter i can take for the pain sometimes its hard to tell the chest pain from the fromyagia pain. i hurt so bad.

A. Except for drugs, other things you can try include aerobic exercise as well as strength exercise, salt bath or biofeedback, although these have less evidence for their effectiveness. Of course, before you start any exercise program, consult your doctor first so you could make it right.

You can read more here: and here:

Take care!

Q. Does anyone know an over the counter alternative to Lovaza, omega-3 acid ethyl esters? too expensive at Dr

A. there are all sort of companies that sell Omega-3, i buy from a company named Alsepa, but there are dozens of companies. but don't be tempted to buy a very cheap one, because they can be less purified.

More discussions about patent medicine
This content is provided by iMedix and is subject to iMedix Terms. The Questions and Answers are not endorsed or recommended and are made available by patients, not doctors.
References in periodicals archive ?
Compound danshen pills and Qishen Yiqi pills, two common Chinese patent medicines for treating CHD and AP, are known for their wide clinical use and stable efficacy.
In 1905, Samuel Hopkins Adams investigated the patent medicine industry for Collier's Weekly.
English patent medicines found their way to the New World with the first colonists, but these early settlers soon discovered it was cheaper to make them here, rather than import them from Europe, so a home-spun, American patent medicine industry was born.
These patent medicines, members of a class of patent medicines called thiazolidinediones (also known as glitazones), are insulin-sensitizing medications that account for approximately 21% of the oral blood sugar-lowering patent medicines used in the US.
It was in the cities of Victorian Britain that the patent medicine held sway, where the difference between life and death was a narrow one, and where the fear of infection was highest.
As part of a curator's fellowship she was awarded through the Museum of Healthcare in Kingston, Ontario, Livingstone began researching a collection of patent medicine trade cards - and particularly the way in which women were depicted in the advertisements in the late 19th century.
In 1905, the AMA created the council to evaluate the validity of the claims made on behalf of patent medicines, awarding a "seal of approval" to any drug it regarded as safe and effective.
The Pure Food and Drug Act came into effect on January 1st, 1907--the first step toward the creation of the modern Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and a step forward from the dangerous anarchy of the patent medicine era.
From patent medicines to washing machines to horse powers, the postal guide was nearly as good as Sears & Roebuck.
As "Pennsylvania snake oil," oil was the preferred term for quack patent medicines worse than the disease.
Penicillin, paxil, patent medicines and magic potions would be on drugstore shelves alongside ginseng and St.
Back in 1905, reporter Samuel Hopkins Adams wrote a famous series of stories in Colliers' magazine called "The Great American Fraud," which documented the deaths of hundreds of people from over-the-counter medicines that were peddled with promises to address "weak manhood," "lost vitality," or to give consumers "better blood." Patent medicines were widely available and promoted in the press with testimonials from people claiming to have achieved great results from these magic offerings.