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  • Synopsis: The Disabled World medical category covers drugs and medical news including health research information.

Definition: Medicine

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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Female Health Check Up

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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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    Listening to your symptoms will alert you as to when you should seek emergency care.
  2. List of Bacteria For Which New Antibiotics Are Urgently Needed
    WHO publishes list of antibiotic resistant priority pathogens of 12 families of bacteria that pose greatest threat to human health.
  3. Call for Paradigm Shift in Approach of Health-care System
    As the U.S. population ages, nursing scholar calls for paradigm shift in approach of health-care system.
  4. Nurses and Industry: Conflict or Collaboration?
    Need for evidence-based investigation to understand in what ways nurse-industry relationships affect the ethical conduct of nurses.
  5. Blood Pressure Reading Difference Between Arms
    Study reveals large arm-to-arm difference in blood pressure linked to higher heart attack risk and some diseases.

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