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Transcript of Neurology
The Study of the Brain
What is Neurology?
Neurology is the part of the medical field that deals with diagnosing and treating disorders and diseases in the nervous system. e.g. spinal cord injuries, head injuries, Alzheimer's disease.
Neurology is not be mixed up with neuroscience or neurobiology. Neurology is the study of the disorders and diseases in the brain and their treatments. Neuroscience is the scientific study of the nervous system. Neurobiology is spefically the study of the biology of the nervous system.
Neurology, Neuroscience and Neurobiology
What Does a Neurologist Do?
A neurologist studies neurology and diagnoses and treats diseases and disorders in the human body’s nervous system. They prescribe medicine to patients. Neurologists study the structure and development of the nervous system. They use blood tests and x-rays to diagnose the problem.
Where did Neuroscience and Neurology come from?
The study of neurology can be traced back to as far as the Neolithic* era. Various ancient cultures, like the Egyptians were already using trepanation** in their time.
* "New Stone Age" beginning around 10 200 B.C
** drilling holes into the skull to relieve cranial pressure or headaches
Major advances in neuroscience did not begin until Greek times. It was not until Hippocrates* challenged that the brain could be the seat of intelligence rather than the heart, that interest began to arise in the area of neuroscience.
* Ancient Greek physician
The specific branch of neurology did not become prominent until Abulcasis, Averroes, Avenzoar, and Maimonides, part of the Medieval Muslim world, began to describe a number of medical problems related to the brain.
In the modern world ...
It takes an average of 10-13 years of college education and clinical training to become a neurologist.
The training includes ...
A four-year undergraduate degree and a medical degree (D.O. or M.D.)
A four-year residency in neurology which consists of one year of internal medicine training followed by three years of training in neurology.
The certification includes ...
Completing the certifying exams of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
Licensing by the provincial or territorial licensing authority.
A neurologist has to be...
Good with People
A neurologist has to deal with patients, diagnose them with possibly terminal diseases and lead them through treatment procedures. Neurologists also have to interact with the patients' families.
Good Under Pressure
Neurologists have one of the most stressful jobs. They always have to be on call for emergencies, and if the slightest thing goes unnoticed in a diagnosis, major problems could occur.
In a technologically growing world, neurologists frequently get new devices from which they can better perform their jobs. If a neurologist cannot quickly adapt to these new methods, mistakes could be made with a patients case.
Intelligent and Knowledgable
As a neurologist, you have to learn a large quantity of material to perform your job well. If you can't you aren't fit for the job.
It takes a long time to reach the position of a neurologist. Becoming a neurologist takes over a decade and a lot of work. If a person is not hard working, it is highly unlikely they can ever become a neurologist.
A neurologist has to have a good work ethic and has to be focused to become a neurologist and stay one. Without being focused and having a good work ethic, becoming a neurologist would be extremely difficult.
To become a neurologist, one needs to have the right education, qualifications, and personality.
Where can most neurologists be found?
Neurologists, as per their job description, can mostly be found wherever one can find disorders and diseases of the nervous system. So, wherever the human race resides. Although not all places may have a neurologist, or the equipment required for having one, a neurologist is needed everywhere.
Neurologists can mainly be found in North America and Europe, as these two continents have the most wealthy countries. These countries can fund a neurologists research or work.
Who would employ a neurologist?
Offices of Physicians and Surgeons
What does the work environment of a neurologist look like?
Well lit and clean rooms. Mostly exam rooms and hospitals with patients.
What are the work hours for a neurologist?
60+ Hours per week. And remaining on call for emergencies.
What is the salary and the benefits for an average neurologist?
Average Salary :
Good pay. Stability. Health and life insurance. Sick pay. Paid vacations. Paid training oppurtunities.
Becoming a neurologist is hard work, and takes time and effort. A Neurologist is a profession required by the human race, and one that will last a long time. As the modern world changes so does the path to becoming one. But a neurologist will forever remain an excellent profession.