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Allopathic Medicine

  • "A system in which medical doctors and other healthcare professionals (such as nurses, pharmacist and therapist) treat symptoms and diseases using drugs or surgery. Also called conventional medicine, Western medicine, mainstream medicine, orthodox medicine and biomedicine".
    (National Cancer Institute, USA)
  • "A system of medical therapy in which a disease or abnormal condition is treated by creating an environment that is antagonistic to the disease or condition; for example antibiotic toxic to a pathogenic organism is given to treat infection." (1)
  • "A therapeutic system in which a disease is treated by treating producing a second condition that is incompatible with or antagonistic to the first"(2).
  • "Relating to or being a system of medicine that aims to combat disease by using remedies (as drugs or surgery) which produces effects that are different from or incompatible with those of the disease being treated"(3)

  1. Mosby's Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing and Health (7th ed.). (2006). U.S: Mosby Inc. United States of America
  2. Dirckx J.H. (Ed.) Stedman Concise Medical & Allied Health Dictionary (Illustrated 3th ed.) (1997). Williams & Wilkins. United States of America
  3. Merriam-Webster. Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. Online Dictionary. Retrieved from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary (8 June 2007)