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Question DetailsAsked on 10/14/2013

what's the difference between Internal Medicine and Family Medicine

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An Internal Medicine practitioner specializes in the prevention, treatment and diagnosis of adult diseases, typically concentrating on diseases of the internal organs. Some act as general practitioners, some act as referral doctors handling cases referred from GP's involving liver, kidney, pancreas, intenstinal, etc conditions. Their emphasis tends to be more on on-going disease treatment.

A Family Medicine doctor is basically the old famuly General Practitioner - primary care provider, and dealing in all first-look conditions for adults and children both. Their emphasis tends to be more on preventative care and acute condition care, though most also do follow-through for non-critical conditions not alling for a specialist, and also as continuing-cre for recovery from a serious condition, or of on-going treatment of chronic conditons such a diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure or cholesteral, etc.

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