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  • Synopsis: Last Revised/Updated: 2016-10-31 - The Disabled World medical category covers drugs and medical news including health research information

Medicine is defined as the science or practice of the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. The word medicine is derived from the Latin ars medicina, meaning the art of healing. Medicine encompasses a variety of health care practices evolved to maintain and restore health by the prevention and treatment of illness.

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The Disabled World medical category covers drugs and medical news including health research information. Medicine is the art and science of healing. It encompasses a range of health care practices evolved to maintain and restore health by the prevention and treatment of illness.

Contemporary medicine applies health science, biomedical research, and medical technology to diagnose and treat injury and disease, typically through medication, surgery, or some other form of therapy.

Early records on medicine have been discovered from early Ayurvedic medicine in the Indian subcontinent, ancient Egyptian medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, the Americas, and ancient Greek medicine. Early Grecian doctors Hippocrates, who is also called the Father of Modern Medicine, and Galen laid a foundation for later developments in a rational approach to medicine.

The modern scientific biomedical research (where results are testable and reproducible) began to replace early Western traditions of medicine, based on herbalism, the Greek "four humors" and other pre-modern theories.

As science and technology developed, medicine became more reliant upon medications. Pharmacology developed from herbalism and many drugs are still derived from plants (atropine, ephedrine, warfarin, aspirin, digoxin, vinca alkaloids, taxol, hyoscine, etc).

The practice of modern medicine combines both science as the evidence base and art in the application of this medical knowledge in combination with intuition and clinical judgment to determine the treatment plan for each individual patient.

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Quick Facts: Medical Care Classification

Provision of medical care is classified into 3 main categories.

  • Primary care medical services

    Provided by physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, or other health professionals who have first contact with a patient seeking medical treatment or care. These occur in physician offices, clinics, nursing homes, schools, home visits, and other places close to patients.

  • Secondary care medical services

    Provided by medical specialists in their offices or clinics or at local community hospitals for a patient referred by a primary care provider who first diagnosed or treated the patient. Referrals are made for those patients who required the expertise or procedures performed by specialists.

  • Tertiary care medical services

    Provided by specialist hospitals or regional centers equipped with diagnostic and treatment facilities not generally available at local hospitals. These include trauma centers, burn treatment centers, advanced neonatology unit services, organ transplants, high-risk pregnancy, radiation oncology, etc.

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3 - Is Using Hot Water for Washing Hands More Effective Than Using Cold Water - Rutgers University.
4 - When Should You Seek Emergency Medical Care - American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).
5 - List of Bacteria For Which New Antibiotics Are Urgently Needed - World Health Organization (WHO).
6 - Call for Paradigm Shift in Approach of Health-care System - Case Western Reserve University.
7 - Nurses and Industry: Conflict or Collaboration? - University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.
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