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Adult (Not Internal) Medicine

Lee Goldman, MD
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University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA 94143-0120 Acknowledgments: The author thanks Robert Wachter, MD, and colleagues at the University of California, San Francisco, and Harry Kimball, MD, and colleagues at the American Board of Internal Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. These persons and their respective organizations do not necessarily share the author's opinions. Requests for Reprints: Lee Goldman, MD, Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine, 505 Parnassus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94143-0120.

Copyright ©2004 by the American College of Physicians

Ann Intern Med. 1997;127(9):835-836. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-127-9-199711010-00010
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The term internal medicine originated from the German Inneren Medizin, which came into common usage in the 1880s [1]. 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 [1].

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