Internal medicine
A medical specialty dedicated to the diagnosis and medical treatment of adults. A physician who specializes in internal medicine is referred to as an internist. A minimum of seven years of medical school and postgraduate training are focused on learning the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases of adults. Subspecialties of internal medicine include allergy and immunology, cardiology (heart), endocrinology (hormone disorders), hematology (blood disorders), infectious diseases, gastroenterology (diseases of the gut), nephrology (kidney diseases), oncology (cancer), pulmonology (lung disorders), and rheumatology (arthritis and musculoskeletal disorders).

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internal medicine n a branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of nonsurgical diseases abbr. IM

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the medical specialty dealing especially with the diagnosis and medical treatment of diseases and disorders of the internal structures of the human body.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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