Also known as Internal medicine, general medicine (in Commonwealth nations) is the medical specialty dealing with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of adult diseases.
Physicians specializing in internal medicine are called internists, or physicians (without a modifier) in Commonwealth nations. Internists are skilled in the management of patients who have undifferentiated or multi-system disease processes. Internists care for hospitalized and ambulatory patients and may play a major role in teaching and research.
Because internal medicine patients are often seriously ill or require complex investigations, internists do much of their work in hospitals. Internists often have subspecialty interests in diseases affecting particular organs or organ systems.
Meet the team
Our Consultant Physician in Respiratory & General Medicine is Dr Venkat Mahadevan. After Primary medical qualification from the University of Madurai in South India, Dr. Mahadevan subsequently trained in General Medicine at Madras Medical College. He has been working in the NHS since 1992, training in General Medicine (Manchester) & the Brompton Hospital in London (Respiratory Medicine).