Medicine is the science and "art" of
maintaining and or restoring human
health through the study,
diagnosis, and treatment of patients.
Broadly speaking, the term 'Medicine' today refers to
the fields of clinical medicine, medical research and surgery, thereby
covering the challenges of disease and injury.
The practice of 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 patient.
Central to medicine is the patient-physician relationship established when a
person with a health concern seeks a physician's help; the 'medical encounter'.
Other health professionals similarly establish a relationship with a patient and
may perform various interventions, e.g. nurses, radiographers and therapists.
Doctors - Physicians and
Allergy & Asthma
Cardiologists - Heart Specialists
/Plastic / Reconstructive Surgery
Dermatology - Skin Specialists
M.D. Information & Referral Services
Obstetrics And Gynecology
Plastic / Reconstructive Surgery
Podiatrists ( Foot Surgery)
Home Health Services
Skilled Nursing Facilities
California Department of Health Services
California West Nile Virus Surveillance Information Center
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Please keep in mind that many medical categories overlap and therefore you may be able to
find the same help within another Medical category .
As part of the medical encounter, the healthcare provider needs to:
develop a relationship with the patient
gather data (medical history, systems enquiry, and physical
examination, combined with laboratory or imaging studies
analyze and synthesize that data (assessment and/or differential
diagnoses), and then:
develop a treatment plan (further testing, therapy, watchful
observation, referral and follow-up)
treat the patient accordingly
assess the progress of treatment and alter the plan as necessary
The medical encounter is documented in a medical record, which is a
legal document in many jurisdictions.
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