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July 2017

Integrating Models of Neurologic and Psychiatric Disease

Author Affiliations
  • 1Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Department of Psychiatry, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA Neurol. 2017;74(7):759-760. doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2017.0309

Neurology and psychiatry both address disorders of the nervous system. They interface particularly around those systems and processes that underlie mental and behavioral functions.1 Cognitive-behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry are at the interface,2 providing complementary expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of focal, multifocal, or diffuse neurologic illness producing perceptual, cognitive, emotional, and behavioral symptoms and syndromes. Traditionally, neurology has been concerned with known or observable neuropathologies, while psychiatry has been concerned with idiopathic psychopathologies.

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