A medical speciality dedicated to the diagnosis and medical treatment of adults. The word 'Internal medicine' came from a German term “Innere Medizin" which means combining the Science of lab with care of patient. A physician who specialises in the internal medicine is referred as an internist in USA & Consultant Physician in U.K. Internists are referred to as "doctor's doctor" as they are often called upon to solve complex diagnostic problems.
Physicians deal with the entire patient rather than a particular organ system hence his/her approach is more comprehensive and holistic. Internist is the one person contact between a super specialist & the patient. Super specialist depends upon the Internist for initial diagnosis & post-therapeutic day-to-day care of patients & patients require Internist for their continuous management.
APPROACH BY AN INTERNIST
•History taking and clinical examination
•Lab Medicine & Radiology
An internist is a personal physician who provides long term, comprehensive care in the office and the hospital, managing both common and complex illnesses of adolescent, adults and the elderly. Physicians are equipped to deal with whatever problem a patient brings no matter how common or rare or how simple or complex they are.
They are specially trained to solve puzzling diagnostic problems and can handle severe chronic illness and situations where several different illnesses may strike at the same time. The team of Internal Medicine Consultants at Artemis has a strong clinical acumen.