Internal medicine physicians, or internists, are specialists who apply scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to the diagnosis, treatment, and compassionate care of adults across the spectrum from health to complex illness. They are usually the doctors to whom most people go first irrespective of the problems they are having, whether it is a problem with their skin, eyes, ears, reproductive organs or nervous system. Internal medicine physicians also provide wellness and disease prevention goals and management of mental health problems to their patients. The term internal medicine has been derived from the German term Innere Medizin, this term became very popular in late 19th century to describe the physicians who combined the science of the laboratory with the care of patients. In early 20th century many American doctors studied medicine in Germany and brought this medical field to the United States. Thus, the name "internal medicine" was adopted.
Q: What diseases do internists treat?
A: Many patients of internists struggle with diseases including diabetes, COPD, hypertension, elevated cholesterol, heart disease, kidney issues, endocrine issues, blood disorders and even infectious diseases.
Q: Do internal medicine doctors do surgery?
A: They do not perform surgery. When other specialists, such as surgeons and obstetricians, are involved in a patient's care, internists often coordinate and manage treatment