Dictionary » C » Clinical medicine

Clinical medicine



(medicine) The study and practice of medicine that is founded on the direct observation of patients


Clinical medicine is a field of medicine that deals primarily with the practice and study of medicine based on the direct examination of the patient. This is in contrast to other science fields that focus more on the theoretical and basics of medical science. In clinical medicine, medical practitioners assess patients in order to diagnose, treat, and prevent disease. They conduct medical interview, which includes the following: (1) chief complaint, (2) history of the complaint or illness(es), (3) hobbies, occupation, and other current activities, (4) medications taken in by the patient, including pharmacological drugs, home remedies, over-the-counter medication, and alternative remedies, (5) past medical history including previous hospitalizations, surgeries, injuries, diseases, vaccinations, allergies, etc., (6) social history such as birthplace, residence, etc., (7) family history, and systems inquiry, such as recent and abrupt changes in weight, sleep quality, fevers, etc.

Physical examination using diagnostic medical devices such as stethoscope, tongue depressor, thermometer, etc. is also carried out. Relevant medical tests may also be conducted, e.g. blood tests, biopsy, etc. From the information collected from the tests and interview, the physician prescribes treatments (e.g. pharmacological drug treatments) accordingly. The data collected are documented in the medical record.

See also:

Please contribute to this project, if you have more information about this term feel free to edit this page

Results from our forum

Molecular medicine: antisense

The human side of clinical trials: these are articles about efforts to advocate for a new medicine. Here are a few articles on Duchenne muscular dystrophy and eteplirsen, a Morpholino antisense drug ...

See entire post
by jonmoulton
Thu Mar 06, 2014 4:19 pm
Forum: Molecular Biology
Topic: Molecular medicine: antisense
Replies: 0
Views: 1030

cancer spread biology?

... Li, Zhaohui; Zhou, Deohung. Guiyang College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Guizhou Province, China [1]. Preliminary observation of the inhibitory ... China [2]. Observation of T-lymphocytes by anae staining in the clinical application of qigong. 1st World Conf for Acad Exch of Medical Qigong. ...

See entire post
by suzidoc8
Mon Jul 23, 2012 3:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: cancer spread biology?
Replies: 4
Views: 14374

Re: Blood Glucose Levels

... assays, wouldn't the likely next test be glucose tlerance test? In clinical practice, yes. But since the original question gives us just those ... other words, it sounds more like a human biology 101 question than some medicine-related course :wink:

See entire post
by biohazard
Fri Jun 08, 2012 6:30 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Blood Glucose Levels
Replies: 4
Views: 5555

Studying to do biomedical research

... major application to the third world? I'm interested in third world medicine, but not in clinical medicine so much as in basic research and translational research. Communicable disease ...

See entire post
by JimmyJazz
Sun Apr 29, 2012 8:12 pm
Forum: Microbiology
Topic: Studying to do biomedical research
Replies: 2
Views: 1850

need your advice on writing an essay

Hi All I need your advice on choosing a topic for my history of medicine essay. I have to choose one among these 3 topics 1)What role did Aristotelianism ... responding to and preventing it? 3)Explain the emergence of hospital(ie.clinical)medicine in Paris.Be sure to make clear what exactly is being ...

See entire post
by kajas2624
Wed Dec 21, 2011 1:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: need your advice on writing an essay
Replies: 1
Views: 1495
View all matching forum results

This page was last modified 03:43, 8 February 2015. This page has been accessed 3,581 times. 
What links here | Related changes | Permanent link