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General Knowledge of Medicine

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What is considered a medicine?

 ○ Prescription medicines – such as antibiotics, blood pressure and other medicines which are obtained with a prescription.

 ○ Over the counter medicines (OTCs) – such as allergy medicines, cough and cold medicines.

 ○ Vitamins and minerals.

 ○ Natural health products – such as herbals, homeopathic medicines.

 ○ Traditional medicines – which could include medicines specific to certain cultures or countries.

Basic Medical Terms

■ Anatomy is the study of the physical structure of organisms. In contrast to macroscopic or gross anatomy, cytology and histology are concerned with microscopic structures.

■ Biochemistry is the study of the chemistry taking place in living organisms, especially the structure and function of their chemical components.

■ Biomechanics is the study of the structure and function of biological systems by means of the methods of Mechanics.