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Definition of Therapeutics

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Therapeutics: In medicine, the branch that deals specifically with the treatment of disease and the art and science of healing.

In pharmacology, therapeutics accordingly refers to the use of drugs and the method of their administration in the treatment of disease.

The word comes from the Greek "therapeia" meaning "a service, an attendance" the related verb being "therapeuo" meaning "I wait upon."

Reviewed on 12/11/2018

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