The relationship of clinical neurology, psychiatry and psychoanalysis as specialties of medical practice is not clearly understood by the lay public or by the medical profession. These fields are thought of sometimes as sharply isolated, are often confused with one another, or are considered together as one special branch of medicine. I consider that they are intimately interrelated, and my thesis is that the future progress of all three in practice and research is dependent on a diffusion through the artificial boundaries of the fundamental principles, methodologies and recognized facts of each. The integrated neuropsychiatry that results will be a legitimate member of the medical sciences broad enough to include normal and abnormal psychology hitherto largely ignored by medicine.
By accepted definition, clinical neurology is that branch of medicine concerned with the investigation, methods of examination, diagnosis and treatment of organic diseases of the nervous system. Its technics, although specialized,
GRINKER RR. THE INTERRELATION OF NEUROLOGY, PSYCHIATRY AND PSYCHOANALYSIS. JAMA. 1941;116(20):2236–2241. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820200006002
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