Behavioral Neurology

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  1. Sanman

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    Hey, I was hoping that someone could clear up for me exactly what a practicing behavioral neurologist does and how this differs from the work of a neuropsychologist and of a neuropsychiatrist. Thanks in advance for any responses.
     
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    Behavioral neurology deals with dementias mostly, but also with patients with aphasias, agnosias, apraxiasdisconnection syndromes: why they are the way they are. They are MDs with a neurology residency and a behavioral neurology fellowship. Neuropsycology does cognitive testing - fancy IQ testing to try to localize functions to brain areas. They're PhDs with a clinical bent. And neuropsychiatrists may be a made up word because most psych people don't care about neurology. There's some overlap obviously.
     
  4. Sonya

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    neuropsychiatrists exist. the field is sortof broad and overlapping. It includes psychological outcomes from rehab, alzeihmers, and a lot more. look in psych forum, we had a discussion there.

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  5. The Hulk

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    quote from dcw...
    And neuropsychiatrists may be a made up word because most psych people don't care about neurology. There's some overlap obviously.
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------As Sonya said, DCW is incorrect. NeuroPsychiatry is a relatively new field developed only a few decades ago, and the description Sonya gives is a good general overview. One particular sub-specialty, founded by Dr. Arnold Pfeffer, who passed away last year, is called NeuroPsychoanalysis. It combines Freudian and Neo-Freudian psychoanalytic treatment with modern neurological imaging methodology to document organic brain morphology.
     

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