In case of disease the person first of all addresses to the family doctor. The family doctor directs on consultation to doctors-experts, gives advice on prevention of diseases and spends necessary preventive actions, writes out recipes, gives out medical information and leaves on disability. In case of sharp disease the family doctor should accept the patient already in day of the reference. Doctors have certain reception hours. It is recommended to order turn since without it quite often it is necessary to sit long in turn. Alongside with treatment at the doctor in case of sharp diseases, it is recommended to pass routine inspections on a regular basis also. It especially concerns regular surveys of the doctor and routine inspections for men and 35 years are more senior than women. The detailed information on it can be received at the doctor, in a society of medical insurance and in a urban service of public health services
My practice is in Internal Medicine. Here are answers to the most common questions about Internal Medicine
What is Internal Medicine and how does it differ from other specialties?
Internists (those who practice Internal Medicine) are concerned with the body and its systems as a whole. They listen to a patient’s general concerns and complaints, learn the patient’s medical history, help make a diagnosis or narrow the possible diagnoses, and recommend specialists when needed. They also diagnose and treat common complaints and illnesses.
Specialists, in contrast, have special training and expertise on one part or system of the body. For example: cardiologists focus on the heart; dermatologists on the skin; vascular surgeons on the blood vessels.
So if I have a medical problem, why shouldn’t I go directly to a specialist?
Because many different medical problems---ones that require very different specialties---can have similar or identical symptoms. A headache might not be anything serious. Or it could be a sign of encephalitis, requiring a neurologist. Or it could be a sign of sinusitis, requiring an allergist. Or it could be a sign of a severe eye problem, requiring an ophthalmologist. And there are many more possibilities.
An internist, who works with all the systems of the body, will assess your symptoms, run the needed tests and eliminate wrong diagnoses (this is called making a differential diagnosis). Then, if needed, the internist will recommend the best specialty and specialist for you. But the internist’s job isn’t over. She will coordinate and monitor your treatment, even if it involves more than one specialist. She focuses on the “big picture” and on achieving the best total outcome.
A simple analogy is building a house. Unless you have expertise in building, you would go to a general contractor. The general contractor is like an internist. He would find out what you want, and then hire the electrical, plumbing, carpentry, flooring and other specialists needed
Should I see an internist if I am healthy?
Definitely. An internist can recommend how you can maintain your good health or even improve it more. An internist can give you periodic general physical examinations and tests to make sure that you are as healthy as you feel. Many conditions take years to develop, including heart disease and many forms of cancer and arthritis. Catching these early can be the difference between a long, fulfilling life and one cut short by tragedy