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Neurology is psychiatry—and vice versa
  1. Adam Zeman
  1. Correspondence to Professor Adam Zeman, Cognitive Neurology Research Group, University of Exeter Medical School, St Luke's Campus, Magdalen Road, Exeter EX1 2LU, UK; A.Zeman{at}


This paper explores the relationship between neurology and psychiatry. It marshals evidence that disorders of the brain typically have neurological and psychological—cognitive, affective, behavioural—manifestations, while disorders of the psyche are based in the brain. Given the inseparability of neurological and psychiatric disorders, their disease classifications should eventually fuse, and joint initiatives in training, service and research should be strongly encouraged.

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry
  • Psychology
  • Neuropsychiatry

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