Extrinsic Medicine refers to external forces, factors and lifeforms that impact on the body and cause disease. www.newmedicalterms.com is a browsing platform to share my enthusiasm for the medical lexicography with peers. Terminology included in this category of medicine is the vocabulary of extreme conditions (heat, cold, high altitude and low oxygen), exposure to radiation, and natural disasters including tsunamis, earthquakes, floods, avalanches, blizzards, tornadoes, tropical storms and so on.
Extrinsic medicine also includes terminology due to the effects of animals, big and small, including insects, parasites–e.g., worms, domestic pets that may share infections or exotic pets that may maim or kill.
The term also encompasses poisons and toxins to which we voluntarily expose ourselves including what the Germans call recreational poisons (Genussgifte): tobacco, alcohol and abuse substances. Much of our work as physicians hinges on the preventing, managing and dealing with the consequence of these pleasure poisons.