- Medical or surgical management of a patient. SEE ALSO: therapy, therapeutics. [Fr. traitement (see treat)]- active t. a therapeutic substance or course intended to ameliorate the basic disease problem, as opposed to supportive or palliative t.. Cf.:causal t..- Carrel t. t. of wound surfaces by intermittent flushing with Dakin solution. SYN: Dakin-Carrel t..- conservative t. a course of therapeutic action designed to avoid harm, with less possibility of benefit than more risky actions.- Goeckerman t. a t. for psoriasis; the involved areas are painted with a solution of coal tar, or are covered with crude coal tar ointment and subsequently irradiated with ultraviolet (UVB).- heat t. in dentistry, a method of controlled temperature handling of metals so as to change the microscopic structure and thus the physical properties. SEE ALSO: temper, anneal.- insulin coma t. formerly used t. of major mental illness by means of hypoglycemic coma induced by insulin. SYN: insulin shock t..- isoserum t. therapeutic use of serum taken from a person having or having had the same disease as the patient under t..- Kenny t. an obsolete method for the t. of anterior poliomyelitis; the affected parts were wrapped in woolen cloth wrung out with hot water; after the acute stage of the disease had passed, the limbs were passively exercised to reeducate the paralyzed muscles.- medical t. t. of disease by hygienic and pharmacologic remedies, as distinguished from invasive surgical procedures.- Mitchell t. t. of mental illness by rest, nourishing diet, and a change of environment. SYN: Weir Mitchell t..- moral t. a type of milieu therapy utilized in the 19th century, emphasizing religious doctrine and benevolent guidance in activities of daily living; as such it was a form of psychotherapy as opposed to somatic treatments such as bloodletting and purging.- Nauheim t. t. of certain cardiac affections by baths in water through which carbonic acid gas is bubbling, followed by resisting exercises. SYN: Nauheim bath, Schott t.. [Bad Nauheim, W. Germany]- prophylactic t. the institution of measures designed to protect a person from an attack of a disease to which the person has been or is liable to be exposed. SYN: preventive t..- root canal t. 1. the means by which painful or diseased teeth, in which the pulp is involved, are restored to a healthy state; 2. removal of a normal, diseased, or dead pulp by biochemical and mechanical means, enlargement and sterilization of the root canal, followed by filling the canal, to effect healing of diseased periapical tissues; 3. the diagnosis and t. of diseases of the pulp and their sequelae. SYN: endodontic t..- Schott t. SYN: Nauheim t..- solar t. SYN: solar therapy.- symptomatic t. therapy aimed at relieving symptoms without necessarily affecting the basic underlying cause(s) of the symptoms.- Tallerman t. use of special apparatus to administer dry heat to rheumatic disorders, traumatic sprains, etc.- Tweed edgewise t. edgewise appliance.
* * *treat·ment 'trēt-mənt n1) the action or manner of treating a patient medically or surgically <\treatment of tuberculosis>2) an instance of treating <the cure required many \treatments>
* * *treat·ment (trētґmənt) the management and care of a patient for the purpose of combating disease or disorder. See also under care, maneuver, method, technique, test, and therapy.
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