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How do a general practitioner, family practice, and internal medicine differ?

How do a general practitioner, family practice, and internal medicine differ?

Family medicine : The difference is in training. Family medicine usually focused more in outpatient. Internal medicine training training focus more on inpatient with some emphasis on outpatient. ...Read more

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Dr. Vasu Brown
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Addiction (Definition)

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...Read more


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For a man, which is better== internal medicine doctor or family practice doctor?

Neither: Both specialties have the training to take excellent care of a man's general health. ...Read more

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Need a doctor. Family practice or internal medicine. Who is better?

No better : Both internists and family practitioners make excellent primary care physicians. I would not choose one specialty over another but concentrate more on the individual doctor. ...Read more

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What's your opinion of chiropractors, acupuncturists, naturopaths and other alternative medicine specialists?

What's your opinion of chiropractors, acupuncturists, naturopaths and other alternative medicine specialists?

Good but it depends: Some practitioners in all fields of medicine are better at it than others. Some are too opinionated to get good answers, some more skilled than others, some curious to dig deep and have great instincts too. But generally speaking, I am delighted that more and more people are gaining access to real healthcare instead of getting hooked on pharmaceuticals and dealing with the side effects. ...Read more

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Go to a general practitioner or a psychologist for family issue?

Go to a general practitioner or a psychologist for family issue?

Probbly Psychologist: I would find a psychologist or family therapist & ask for a brief phone consult to briefly discuss the issues, enough to determine who should come to the first session... ...Read more

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Are family physicians be trained in complimentary or alternative medicine?

Are family physicians be trained in complimentary or alternative medicine?

Mostly not.: The definition of complimentary and alternative medicine is slippery.I am a D.O., doctor of osteopathic medicine, and many M.D.'s consider my practice of manipulation, and philosophy of body self healing to be apocryphal(not accepted).I adhere to evidence based medicine as much as any dr.-but even the evidence isn't that firm.We learn more even day.Gsk told use Paxil (paroxetine) was safe in kids, not. ...Read more

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When should I choose a family medicine over an internal medicine doctor?

When should I choose a family medicine over an internal medicine doctor?

For the whole family: If you have children and want the whole family to receive care in the same office, you might choose a family physician. In some areas, family physicians also do some obstetrics ...Read more

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Medical opinions: nootropics, tcm, &chiropractors a safe alternative to psych meds for ptsd & mood disorders and pain medicines for chronic pain?

Medical opinions:  nootropics, tcm, &chiropractors a safe alternative to psych meds for ptsd & mood disorders and pain medicines for chronic pain?

Really complicated: So many therapeutic approaches are in your question, it's impossible to answer. Even the "nootropic" part is extremely complicated. These can be food substances like phenethylamine and l-theanine (found in chocolate and green tea) or many other things. Different ones have different characteristics, safety, & effectiveness. An integrative physician could help guide you. www.holisticboard.org. ...Read more

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What are the differences between primary care doctors like family medicine, internal medicine and general practice. ?

Their training: General practice usually means the doctor has completed only an internship (1 year) of hospital training after medical school. Family physicians and internal medicine doctors usually complete 3-4 years of further training after medical school and they take exams to become board certified in their specialties. All three may take care of some of the same problems, but their training is different. ...Read more

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How many cardiologists handle internal med or primary care concerns for their patients?

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Not many: Not usually. In most instances where you can a cardiologist you can find extremely good primary care physicians. While one stop health shopping sounds convenient it is often not in the patients best interest long term especially if that place is a specialists office. ...Read more

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Can a general practitioner observe add?

Can a general practitioner observe add?

Yes: They are perfectly qualified to observe and diagnose add. ...Read more

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What are the DIFFERENCES between a functional medicine doctor, an integrated heath doctor, and a preventative medicine doctor?

What are the DIFFERENCES between a functional medicine doctor, an integrated heath doctor, and a preventative medicine doctor?

Similar yet...: Functional Medicine is a specific approach to Integrative Medicine.Functional Medicine is described as the clinical application of systems biology.See http://tinyurl.com/myelnab Integrative Medicine combines the best of conventional and alternative medicine: http://tinyurl.com/zdeuq4u Both Functional and Integrative docs emphasize prevention but not all Preventive Docs embrace alternatives. ...Read more

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Why would a general medicine internist be favourable vs a rhematologist regarding my secondary severe osteoporosis and various other sec health issues?

Why would a general medicine internist be favourable vs a rhematologist regarding my secondary severe osteoporosis and various other sec health issues?

Osteoporosis : Both are equally good as internists training include in depth in various sub specielties fields and are very competent in handling such issues. ...Read more

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As an ENT doctor, what's the most common type of inappropriate referral you see from general practitioners?

As an ENT doctor, what's the most common type of inappropriate referral you see from general practitioners?

Not inappropriate: Referrals are made when your primary doctor is not sure what the problem is or they are unfamiliar with the best forms of treatment. It's quite appropriate to send these patients to someone specialized in fields like ent. Along those lines, it's very unusual to receive a truly inappropriate referral. Having said this, ear pain is often misdiagnosed as ear infection when it's really tmd. ...Read more

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Can a family medicine doctor get certified in sports medicine?

Can a family medicine doctor get certified in sports medicine?

Yes: There are many good training programs in primary care sports medicine in which a family medicine doctor, emergency medicine doctor, or a pediatrician interested in athletic injuries and conditions can train. Despite the publicity of professional athletes getting surgery, the majority of sports medicine issues do not require an operation and can be managed by nonsurgical specialists. ...Read more

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How are emergency room and general practice doctors qualified in prescribing drugs for complicated health conditions?

How are emergency room and general practice doctors qualified in prescribing drugs for complicated health conditions?

ER/general doctor: Both are well qualified to prescribe drugs for complicated health conditions as they have gone through similar training program. It's the experience which makes the difference. ...Read more

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Is there a so call homepathic internal medicine doctor?

Is there a so call homepathic internal medicine doctor?

Homeopathic doctor: There are physicians who are specialized and board-certified in internal medicine and who have trained in classical homeopathy. You can find some of these through american institute of homeopathy (www.Homeopathyusa.Org). Also there is homeopathic medical licensure in arizona, nevada, and connecticut. A good homeopath takes the case thoroughly regardless of problem area, though. ...Read more

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Dr. Hamid Sajjadi
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General Practitioners (Definition)

General practitioners are medical professionals that do not provide specialist care. In certain countries this term may ...Read more