Posted on Aug 26, 2015
that means going to a specialist for a more complete diagnosis or treatment. It might be a cardiologist... or a dermatologist…or an endocrinologist.
So who are these “ologists” and what do they do?
The dictionary defines “ology” as ‘any science or branch of knowledge.’ With that in mind, here’s a guide to some of the most common “ologies” and what they mean:
Anesthesiology: the science of administering anesthetics
Cardiology: study of the heart and its functions
Dermatology: study of the skin
Endocrinology: study of the endocrine glands
Gastroenterology: study of the stomach and the intestines
Gynecology: study of the woman’s reproductive system
Hematology: study of blood
Nephrology: study of the kidneys
Neurology: study of the nerves, the brain and the spinal cord
Oncology: study of tumors
Ophthalmology: study of the eye
Pathology: study of disease
Proctology: study of the rectum and anus
Psychology: study of the mind
Radiology: the science of x-rays or nuclear medicine
Rheumatology: study of joint disease
Toxicology: the study of the effects, antidotes, detection, etc. of poisons
These are just a few of the many “ologies” dedicated to specialized fields of medicine. And understanding what each one means can be confusing, especially to a senior loved one. That’s when a when a professional “helping hand” can make a visit to a specialist a little less intimidating. Senior Helpers of the Lehigh Valley offers a full range of customizable care options that range from daily companion care (light housekeeping, general errands, transportation and doctor’s appointments) to specialized Alzheimer’s and dementia care. Ask us how we can help. Call us at 610-770-2036 today to speak to one of our senior care experts.