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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.

pre·ven·tive med·i·cine

the branch of medical science concerned with the prevention of disease and with promotion of physical and mental health, through study of the etiology and epidemiology of disease processes.

preventive medicine

Public health The branch of medicine dedicated to preventing disease, injury, and disability, and promoting health; PM attempts to identify preventable diseases and risk factors thereof Preventive care Routine physical exams, surveillance screening–eg, mammography, immunizations–eg, measles, mumps, rubella, education on promoting safety–eg, use of bicycle helmets and ↓ high-risk–eg, smoking–behaviors. See Screening.

pre·ven·tive med·i·cine

(prĕ-ventiv medi-sin)
The branch of medical science concerned with the prevention of disease and with promotion of physical and mental health, through study of the etiology and epidemiology of disease processes.

preventive medicine

The branch of medicine concerned with the prevention of disease by any means. These include public education in health matters, immunization, safe food legislation and inspection, the provision of safe water supplies and measures to limit dangerous practices such as smoking.

pre·ven·tive med·i·cine

(prĕ-ventiv medi-sin)
The branch of medical science concerned with the prevention of disease and with promotion of physical and mental health, through study of the etiology and epidemiology of disease processes.
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If you're a member and don't see any trouble on the horizon, preventative medicine never hurts.
Sakaguchi also stressed the need to promote preventative medicine and information disclosure by the medical field.
The ultimate goal being that in 20 years time we may be able to take a simple dietary supplement as a preventative medicine."
Health insurers can use Internet solutions to encourage personal health management and preventative medicine.
Doctors and nutritionists can then use the information to advise about preventative medicine, screening and diet to safeguard your health.
Webbon is also hopeful of a breakthrough on tendon injuries as the emphasis remains on "preventative medicine".
The faith in progress, the move from theoretical rationalism to practical empiricism, the increasingly widespread view of health as a commodity, the new notions of hygiene and preventative medicine, the growth of public courses in private amphitheatres, the ascendancy of surgery, the flourishing of the periodical press and especially of medical journals--all led to an "expansion of the medicable." Self-help manuals proliferated; anything and everything and anyone and everybody could be treated and probably fixed.
Padiglione is an infectious diseases physician at the Monash Medical Centre and a member of the Department of Epidemiology and Preventative Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.
He had been Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Preventative Medicine and Founding Editor-in-Chief of the Annals of Epidemiology.
Andrew Nicholson, PCRM's Director of Preventative Medicine. "Too many hospitals still serve pork chops and chicken and offer few healthier choices.
`The Indians had not known measles before,' says Roberto Baruzzi, Professor of Preventative Medicine at the Federal University of Sao Paulo.
In 1880, Morgan Bulkeley, the first National League president, actually offered up baseball as preventative medicine for revolution.