This section includes the vocabulary of fields of medical science and interest that are still in diapers, in contrast to classic medicine, some fields of which can be measured in centuries. Less than one hundred years ago, obesity was a sign of wealth and health; now it is recognized as a disease to be addressed by banding and bariatricians.
Like the 500-pound gorilla it is, data has marched front and centre and demanded that we based our therapeutic and diagnostic decisions on evidence with the IT support from increasingly powerful laptops, tables and phones. We no longer practice in the rural settings and accept chickens or other farm goods as pay for services, but are beholden to practice managers who demand “efficiency” and live in mortal fear of being served papers for the next frivolous lawsuit.
Some fields have transitioned from curiosities to realities in less than a generation, including interventional blank-ology, robotic surgery and immunology.
And we shouldn’t forget that some areas of interest, whilst not included in classic medical dictionaries, are as medical as mom, baseball and apple pie, e.g., forensics, sports injuries, and alternative and complementary medicine.