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Questions tagged [practice-of-medicine]

Questions regarding the policies, business, ethics, and other aspects of the practice of medicine that are not directly about the health of an individual.

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Why is medicine used to treat symptoms which are our body's way of telling us something is wrong?

If symptoms are our bodies way of saying that something is wrong and needs to be attacked/fixed, why do we take medicines to suppress our symptoms? Doesn't that negate the point of having the symptoms?...
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How is pain measured?

Patients are often asked to rate their level of pain. Usually, I have found that these questions come without instructions as to what constitutes the maximum on this scale (maximum pain you can ...
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Is there a synergistic effect between phosphate and testosterone in respect to Physiology?

For example: A patient's blood analysis results come through, and it states that the patient has high testosterone and high phosphate levels. What are the likely causes of this, assuming/...
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What are side effects frequencies based on?

I am one of these patients who reads everything that comes with their pills. Including, of course, the sometimes really long side effects list. Where I am, and from what I read online this is common, ...
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What is the protocol for allowing euthanasia in a medical facility?

Not many places allow assisted suicide however, when they do, it's for 'special circumstances'. On the other hand, there have been reports of "healthy" individual's, euthanasia requests being granted. ...
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Verify Credentials for Nurse Practitioner

There is a Nurse Practitioner near our home who can do most routine things Doctors can do, i.e. blood test, flu shot, etc, etc What websites can help verify credentials, education, complaints, etc of ...