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Internal Medicine

What is an “internist”?

Doctors of Internal medicine are specialists who apply scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to the diagnosis, treatment, and compassionate care of adults from health management to complex illness. At least three of their seven or more years of medical school and postgraduate training are dedicated to learning how to prevent, diagnose, and treat diseases that affect adults. Internists are sometimes referred to as the “doctor’s doctor,” because they are often called upon to act as consultants to other physicians to help solve puzzling diagnostic problems.

Morledge Medical provides continual, comprehensive care for our patients in addition to expert specialist referrals. By maintaining a close doctor-patient relationship, Morledge Medical offers a level of care that optimizes health and well-being. We believe in the following:

  • Prevention
  • Early Detection
  • Diagnosis
  • Treatment or Referral
  • Follow Up

Why is it called internal medicine?

It comes from the German word innere medizin. In the 1800s, German physicians were incorporating knowledge from the sciences of bacteriology (study of bacteria), physiology (study of how the body functions) and pathology (the study of diseases) into their treatment plans. Physicians found the more they understood these subjects, the better equipped they were to help their patients.

They were called internal medicine doctors or internists because they focused on the “inner” diseases instead of the external manifestations of those diseases.

Do internists do yearly physicals?

At Morledge Medical, we specialize in comprehensive women’s and men’s health screenings. Our goal is to establish long-term relationships with our patients and provide the highest level of integrity and expertise, while partnering with our patients in their wellness journey.

What are some diseases that internists treat?

  • Influenza
  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Sinus infections
  • Allergies
  • Pharyngitis
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Gastroenteritis