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Medicine is the branch of engineering which concerns itself with treating damage, illness and defect in living beings (usually people, although Veterinary Medicine treats animals instead).

By a form of metonymy, medicine may also refer to various drugs and other preparations used for medical purposes.

Somewhat confusingly - and probably due to shaky translation at an early stage - the term is also used to refer to the the religious practices of the Northern Amerindian peoples (hence medicine man and similar things). Quite a bit of the confusion revolves around the fact that, whilst Amerindian "medicine" certainly included shamanistic healing rituals, rituals designed to promote wellbeing and apotropaic rituals designed to ward off sickness - not to mention actual traditional medicine - it also included the normal range of practises found in any other religion as well.


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