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Letters Mental and neurological divide

Suggested merger of mental and neurological illnesses is premature

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 09 July 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e4577
  1. Sue Bailey, president1,
  2. Wendy Burn, dean1,
  3. Nick Craddock, treasurer1,
  4. Laurence Mynors-Wallis, registrar1,
  5. Peter Tyrer, editor1
  1. 1Royal College of Psychiatrists, London SW1X 8PG, UK
  1. sbailey{at}

White and colleagues’ suggestion that the distinction between mental and neurological illnesses should disappear is premature.1 It is perfectly reasonable to argue that mental illnesses are brain diseases—this was clearly stated more than 150 years ago2—but this is not a reason to combine mental and behavioural disorders …

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