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Medical Science and Research

Look closer at the field of medical science, which involves research to promote the maintenance of health and the prevention and treatment of disease. Unlike doctors who treat patients, medical scientists work in a clinical environment to study the causes of disease and other health problems. This topic includes an array of specialized fields, including genetics, molecular and cell biology, and neuroscience, among many others.

Medical research may include the development of new devices and drugs to treat disease. As part of the development process, medical scientists may design and run trials in partnership with doctors to test the safety and efficacy of a new drug or medical device. They will make modifications as necessary, depending on their analysis of the information collected during the trial. They will determine a drug’s potency and dosage in preparation for bringing a drug to the market.

Medical science is also valuable in public efforts to improve health outcomes. For example, medical scientists may conduct studies on the link between smoking and lung cancer and distribute these findings through published studies in medical journals in order to increase public awareness of the dangers of smoking.

Internal medicine is the medical specialty dealing with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of adult diseases. Physicians specializing in internal medicine are called internists or physicians. Internists are skilled in the management of patients who have undifferentiated or multisystem disease processes. Internists care for hospitalized and ambulatory patients and may play a major role in internal medicine teaching and research.

Because of the high costs, most medical research is conducted in one of three places: in a government-funded facility, at a university, or for a private company such as a pharmaceutical company. Professionals working in the nonprofit sector typically must acquire funding for their research by writing grants. Those who are working in the private sector generally must adhere to the research agenda of their employer.


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Medical Science and Research Resources

Gale offers a product portfolio of digital products, including databasesprimary sources, and eBooks, to support the study of medical science


Gale databases offer researchers, students, and faculty credible, up-to-date material from medical journals, magazines, and newspapers. These databases include full-text and medical science articles from many journals and other publications.

Primary Source Archives

Gale Primary Sources contains archives and collections that provide researchers with firsthand content, including editorials, medical science articles, news, surveys, statistics, and reports that can be used to examine and analyze the evolution of medical research and medical science over time.

Gale eBooks

Gale offers a variety of medical science and medical research eBooks. Users can add Gale eBooks to a customized collection and cross-search to pinpoint relevant content. Workflow tools help users easily share, save, and download materials.

  • Advanced Methodologies and Technologies in Medicine and Healthcare, 1st Edition

    Advanced Methodologies and Technologies in Medicine and Healthcare, 1st Edition

    Medical Information Science Reference  | 2019 | ISBN-13: 9781522574903

    Advancements in medical and healthcare technologies pave the way to improving treatments and diagnoses while also streamlining processes to ensure the highest quality care is given to patients. In the last few decades, revolutionary technology has radically progressed the healthcare industry by increasing life expectancy and reducing human error. This title provides emerging research on bioinformatics, medical ethics, and clinical science in modern applications and settings. While highlighting the challenges medical practitioners and healthcare professionals face when treating patients and striving to optimize their processes, the book shows how revolutionary technologies and methods are vastly improving how health care is implemented globally. This book is an important resource for medical researchers, healthcare administrators, doctors, nurses, biomedical engineers, and students looking for comprehensive research on the advancements in healthcare technologies.

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  • Diabetes Information for Teens, 3rd Edition

    Diabetes Information for Teens, 3rd Edition

    Omnigraphics, Inc.   | 2019 | ISBN-13: 9780780817388

    Diabetes Information for Teens, 3rd Edition provides updated information for teens about who is at risk; the different types of diabetes; and treatment and management options, including facts about insulin and glucose meters.

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  • Emerging Developments and Practices in Oncology, 1st Edition

    Emerging Developments and Practices in Oncology, 1st Edition

    Medical Information Science Reference   | 2018 | ISBN-13: 9781522530862

    Cancer is a leading cause of death that affects numerous people at every age. In recent years, there has been a tremendous advancement in imaging and biotechnology technologies and techniques for aiding in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer. This book provides research on recent advances in oncology, aiming to improve early detection and personalized treatment of cancer. While highlighting applied methods of therapy such as body radiotherapy, chemoradiotherapy, and immunotherapy, readers learn about the transforming approach to oncology in modern medicine and new technologies used to diagnose and treat cancer. This book is an important resource for medical trainees, graduate students, active practitioners, researchers, and clinical scientists seeking current research on oncology trends and applications.

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  • Evolving Technology: The Evolution of Medical Technology, 1st Edition

    Evolving Technology: The Evolution of Medical Technology, 1st Edition

    Britannica Digital Learning    | 2019 | ISBN-13: 9781538303269

    Modern medicine was no accident, except when it was. The history of medical innovation, which spans centuries, is filled with killer diseases, scientific inquiry, accidental discoveries, and brilliant machines. Readers will embark on a journey across time, from Ancient Egypt to the 21st century, and learn about the creative mistakes and ingenious solutions physicians, scientists, and regular people devised to explore and heal the human body. As we prepare for the Next Generation Science Standards to enter our schools, curious minds will enjoy delving into the history of medical innovation.

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  • STEM in Our World: Medical Technology: Genomics, Growing Organs, and More, 1st Edition

    STEM in Our World: Medical Technology: Genomics, Growing Organs, and More, 1st Edition

    Gareth Stevens Publishing    | 2019 | ISBN-13: 9781538226490

    Thousands of people get organ transplants every year, but the need greatly outweighs the supply of organs. What if scientists could grow organs to help make people well? The technology isn’t so farfetched anymore. Readers learn all about how this could be possible, as well as work in areas like genetics and much more, in the riveting pages of this book. Chock full of STEM topics, including careers in the medical, research, and technology fields, this volume is a great complement to the science curriculum and classroom library.

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