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Welcome to the Department of Neurology & Psychiatry. The formation of this new Department on June 1, 2007 acknowledges the need to break down barriers between Neurology and Psychiatry and recognize our shared mission of understanding the nervous system and human behavior in the context of disease. Until the late 1960’s, Neurology and Psychiatry formed a single department at Saint Louis University.
Indeed, one of the first members of the Department of Nervous and Mental Disease was Charles Chaddock (1861-1936), nationally recognized for his pioneering efforts in development of the neurological examination to assist in distinguishing neurological from psychiatric disorders. Half a century later, we form a combined department, which will endeavor to make similar strides toward alleviating suffering due to diseases of the mind and nervous system.
The Department offers enhanced educational opportunities for students and residents. By capitalizing on the obvious (and unfamiliar) overlaps between disciplines, the Department of Neurology & Psychiatry will produce even more skilled neurologists and psychiatrists.
The Department of Neurology & Psychiatry aims to 1) provide the best psychiatric and neurological care to patients and their families, 2) discover and investigate new treatments for psychiatric and nervous system disorders, 3) study psychosocial processes in psychiatric and neurological illness, and 4) educate the next generation of practitioners, as well as our patients and the lay community.
All members of the Saint Louis University Department of Neurology & Psychiatry will collaborate to support state-of-the-art neurological and psychiatric education, compassionate patient care, and a growing research enterprise. The Department will develop the most exciting intellectual environment in the Nation for investigation, treatment, and training in psychiatry and neurology. We will fulfill this Vision in an environment of mutual respect and collaboration.
In the NewsALS Ice Bucket Challenge The Department of Neurology and Psychiatry was challenged by Washington University to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The Department accepted graciously and had fun in the process.
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