What Is An Internist? Memorial Hospital Gulfport, MS

What Is An Internist? Memorial Hospital Gulfport, MS


[SUSAN] Welcome to Memorial
Health & You. Your first line of defense to
protect your longterm health involves your personal
physician, usually a primary
care doctor who might also be an internal
medicine specialist. Dr. Nyron Marshall, with
Memorial Physician Clinics is
this type of specialist, also
called an internist. Dr. Marshall, would you define
internist for us? [DR. MARSHALL] Sure. Internists
are doctors who have had
special training which focuses on preventing,
diagnosing and treating
non-surgical conditions in adults. So unlike a family
practitioner, my practice does
not include delivering babies or treating children
under the age of thirteen. [SUSAN] I see. As an internist,
are there specific illnesses
you see at your practice? [DR. MARSHALL] Conditions I
treat could be anything from minor injuries and illnesses
like colds, fevers, and stomachaches, to severe chronic conditions, even a circumstance where
several illnesses may strike at the same time. An internist has a
comprehensive knowledge of the
whole body and is equipped to deal with
whatever problems the patient
brings— I frequently treat conditions
that involve women’s health,
substance abuse and mental health as well as common problems of
the eyes, ears, skin, nervous
system and reproductive organs. We have also been trained when
to refer to a specialist. It’s important to recognise
when a particular disease
process is out of our league and therefore, referral is
necessary. Basically, internists are the
gatekeepers, managing a
patient’s care from age thirteen to end of
life. [SUSAN]Thank you, Dr. Marshall. If you’d like more information
on internists and Memorial
Physician Clinics, call us right now at
228-868-6500, or visit us online at
www.gulfportmemorial.com or visit us online at
www.gulfportmemorial.com

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