Lee Goldman, MD
Goldman L. Adult (Not Internal) Medicine. Ann Intern Med. 1997;127:835-836. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-127-9-199711010-00010
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1997;127(9):835-836.
The term internal medicine originated from the German Inneren Medizin, which came into common usage in the 1880s . Internal medicine in Germany was distinguished from “clinical medicine” because of its new emphasis on experimental physiology and chemistry rather than the progression of disease manifestations .
Unlike most specialists, who are clearly identified by technique (for example, surgery), body part (for example, ophthalmology), or target population (for example, pediatrics) , internists are commonly confused with interns and are frequently asked by patients and friends, “Exactly what does internal medicine mean?” Although everyone understands the meaning of the word family and ascribes value to it, the word internal suggests something mysterious, unseen, and quite possibly unpleasant.
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