What is Internal Medicine? +What is Internal Medicine? -
Internal Medicine is the foundation of all other medical specialties. There are many sub-specialties of internal medicine that include Cardiology, Respiratory Medicine, Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Urology, Hematology, Oncology, Endocrinology, Dematology, Infectious Diseases, Immunology, Rheumatology, Neurology, Geriatrics, etc.
The Functions of Internal Medicine Specialists +The Functions of Internal Medicine Specialists -
Internal Medicine specialists or commonly known as Internists are especially skilled in the management of patients who have undifferentiated or multi-system disease processes. They are specialized in the prevention, detection and treatment of illnesses in adults.
Internists are sometimes referred to as the “doctor’s doctor”, because they often act as consultants to other physicians to help solving diagnostic problems. In today’s complex medical environment, internists take pride in caring for their patients for life – in the clinic and during hospitalization. When other medical specialists, such as surgeons or obstetricians, are involved, they coordinate their patient’s care and manage difficult medical problems associated with that care.
The Diagnostic Process +The Diagnostic Process -
Internal Medicine specialists reach a diagnosis through face-to-face consultaion with the patients to undersand their own/family medical history, a thorough physical examination, laboratory finding, imaging, and if necessary, endoscopy examination.
Some Common Internal Illnesses & Diseases +Some Common Internal Illnesses & Diseases -
- Urinary tract infection
- High cholesterol
- Diabetes mellitus
- Thyroid disease
- Parkinson’s disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis