University of Manchester
The winning essay from the 3rd Edinburgh University Neurological Society (EUNS) National Conference 2015.
The arbitrary distinction between the disciplines of psychiatry and neurology has become increasingly unhelpful in the successful treatment of patients with nervous system disorders. Since the divergence of the disciplines in the 19th and 20th centuries, neurology has been concerned with conditions arising from discreet lesions in the nervous system; conversely psychiatry with conditions involving higher cortical dysfunction. With the development of awareness of the psychopathological underpinnings of nervous system diseases, propelled by advances in neuroscientific understanding, the disparity between fields is more slender than ever. In a decade’s time, with increasing insight provided by neuroimaging, neurogenetics and neuropathophysiology, we will be closer to a singular unified discipline encompassing the study and treatment of both neurological and psychiatric disorders.