What is Internal Medicine?
Internal medicine might be new to you and can be a daunting feat if you’re unsure of what internal medicine actually is. It has been written that, originally, the idea of internal medicine started in Germany many years ago, when medical diagnoses were based on symptoms and treatment consisted of relieving the symptoms. As medical sciences advanced, it became clear that diagnosis and treatment needed to be based on the “internal workings” of the body. Thus creating the beginning of internal medicine!
Current definitions of internal medicine practice include all adult medicine (not including pediatrics, surgical procedures, and gynecology/obstetrics). Most internal medicine physicians are capable of handling confusing medical issues. Plus, internists may also complete minor surgical procedures and may assist the Gyn/Ob physicians with medical issues.
What Does Internal Medicine Treat?
The term “internal medicine” is a pretty broad term that can cause confusion for some. Internal medicine includes practice areas such as:
- High blood pressure
- And more
Where Can I Go to See an Internist?
Internists practice in a variety of settings, many of which include:
- Private care settings
- In-patient facilities
- Out-patient facilities