General Practice

General medicine, focusing on adult health, involves diagnosing and treating a wide range of conditions, offering preventive care, routine check-ups, and managing chronic diseases by general practitioners.

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General medicine, often referred to as internal medicine, is a branch of medicine that deals with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of adult diseases. It’s a comprehensive field, not limited to specific organs or diseases, but rather addressing the body as a whole.

Who Performs General Medicine Practice?

General medicine is practiced by physicians known as internists or general practitioners (GPs). These medical professionals are skilled in managing a wide range of illnesses and health issues, particularly in adults.

When is General Medicine Required?

General medicine is required for:

  1. Routine Health Check-ups: Regular assessments to monitor overall health.
  2. Chronic Disease Management: Such as diabetes, hypertension, and heart diseases.
  3. Acute Illness Treatment: Addressing sudden medical conditions like infections.
  4. Preventive Medicine: Focusing on disease prevention and health maintenance.
  5. Coordination of Care: Referring to and collaborating with specialists as needed.

Procedures and Treatments in General Medicine

General practitioners perform a variety of procedures and treatments:

  1. Physical Examinations: Comprehensive assessments including checking vital signs, heart, lungs, abdomen, etc.
  2. Laboratory Tests: Blood tests, urine tests, etc., for diagnostic purposes.
  3. Vaccinations: Administering vaccines to prevent diseases.
  4. Prescription of Medications: For various acute and chronic conditions.
  5. Lifestyle Advice: Counseling on diet, exercise, and healthy living.
  6. Minor Surgical Procedures: Such as suturing a wound or removing a mole.

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