Letters Mental and neurological divide

Classifying mental and neurological conditions together: authors’ reply to letters

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e4906 (Published 23 July 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e4906
  1. P D White, professor of psychological medicine1,
  2. H Rickards, consultant neuropsychiatrist2,
  3. A Z J Zeman, professor of cognitive and behavioural neurology3
  1. 1Barts and the London School of Medicine, Queen Mary University London, London, UK
  2. 2Department of Neuropsychiatry, Birmingham University, Birmingham, UK
  3. 3Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK
  1. p.d.white{at}qmul.ac.uk

We argued that psychiatric and neurological conditions should be classified together because they are both essentially disorders of the nervous system.1 However, we also argued that psychological and social considerations are vitally important throughout medicine. We therefore agree with Holmes that “many ‘brain diseases’ result from . . . environmental and developmental processes.”2 But we disagree that …

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