Men Ought to Know

  • Andrea E. Cavanna


The need for a unified approach to the study of the mind and the brain can be traced back to Hippocrates’ writings at the dawn of Western thought. However, in more recent times, there have been difficulties with the formulation of an univocal definition of neuropsychiatry. Neuropsychiatry is often seen as a clinical discipline located at the crossroads of neurology and psychiatry, dealing with the interface of behavioural phenomena driven by brain dysfunction. Although behavioural symptoms are highly prevalent in patients with neurological conditions and are a major source of disability and diminished health-related quality of life, patients often slip through the net of healthcare services. The bridge discipline of neuropsychiatry could be a natural remedy to the extreme views adopted by so-called ‘mindless neurology’ and ‘brainless psychiatry’. Attempts to prevent the radical split between neurology and psychiatry can be traced in the writings of the fathers of modern neuropsychiatry and behavioural neurology from the twentieth century, such as Stanley Cobb and Norman Geschwind.


Behavioural neurology Brainless neurology Mindless psychiatry Neuropsychiatry Quality of life 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrea E. Cavanna
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept of NeuropsychiatryUniversity of BirminghamBirminghamUnited Kingdom

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