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Neurology

What is neurology?

Neurology is the branch of medicine that is concerned with the study and treatment of disorders of the nervous system.

Who is the neurologist?

The doctor who specializes in neurology is called a neurologist. After completing medical school, doctors specializing in adult neurology complete one year of residency in internal medicine and three years of neurology residency.

Neurologists treat disorders of the brain, spinal cord, and nerves, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Muscle disorders and pain

  • Headache

  • Epilepsy

  • Neuritis

  • Brain and spinal cord tumors

  • Multiple sclerosis

  • Parkinson's disease

  • Stroke

  • Myasthenia gravis

  • Muscular dystrophy

As a specialist, the neurologist sees patients with a wide range of problems and may act as a patient's principal or consulting doctor, while the family doctor, or primary care doctor, is generally in charge of a patient's total health care.

Online Medical Reviewer: Fincannon, Joy, RN, MN
Online Medical Reviewer: Weisbart, Ed, M.D.
Date Last Reviewed: 6/16/2012
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