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Frequently Asked Questions
A general medicine / internal medicine specialist is a doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases.
No there is some difference.
Internal medicine is the branch of medicine that deals with diagnosing and treating severe diseases that occur in one's internal organs and some of these patients may require hospitalization.
General medicine, on the other hand, is the branch of medicine that deals with diagnosing and treating diseases that occur in one's various organ systems which are less severe and often do not require hospitalization.
Having said this in some countries the term general medicine and internal medicine are used interchangeably to mean the same type of doctor.
Like general medicine / internal medicine specialists, general practitioners are considered primary care physicians. One of the important differences is that while general medicine / internal medicine specialists typically only treat adults whereas general practitioners are trained to provide care for patients of all age groups.
Common types of diseases that a general medicine / internal medicine specialist would treat include: cardiovascular diseases (such as heart attack and stroke), respiratory (such as pneumonia) , muscle-bone (such as arthritis), neurological ( such as stroke), gastrointestinal ( such as diarrhea or ulcer) and endocrine (such as diabetes).
They can also treat some of the kidney disease and infections. So, a general / internal medicine specialist diagnoses the presenting symptoms and then treats them with medication. They may often order investigations to confirm their suspicion before starting the medication. All these conditions are treated without the need for surgical intervention.
The Doctor Directory is a good place to start when looking for a general medicine / internal medicine specialist. You can search by location or by specialty.
A general medicine / internal medicine specialist usually demands Rs. 500 to 1,500 and US$ 75 to 200 in United States for a consultation.
No. A general medicine / internal medicine specialist is usually the primary contact for any health issue and does not perform any surgery. He mainly provides non-surgical treatment for health conditions, illnesses and injuries.