Psychiatry, The Brain and the Deep Blue Sea

It has been said that there are still two great unexplored regions left on earth- the deep oceans and the human brain. But whilst much about how the brain functions remains unclear, there is no doubt that we are making great strides now in unlocking its secrets. Doctors become doctors because they are interested in how the different parts of the body work, and what happens when they don’t. Gastroenterologists study the workings of the gut, cardiologists the heart, haematologists the blood and so on. Two specialties focus on the brain – neurology and my own specialty, psychiatry. The study of the brain was relatively crude until a century ago, when neurology took a great scientific leap forward with the explosion of knowledge about the nervous system. Brought about by…

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