What is Neurology?

The branch of medicine or biology that deals with the anatomy, functions, and organic disorders of nerves and the nervous system.

What is Neuroscience?

Any or all of the sciences, such as neurochemistry and experimental psychology, which deal with the structure or function of the nervous system and brain.

What is a Neurologist?

A neurologist is a medical doctor with specialized training in diagnosing, treating, and managing disorders of the brain and nervous system. Neurologists do not perform surgery. A neurologist's training includes an undergraduate degree, four years of medical school, a one-year internship, and at least three years of specialized training. Many neurologists also have additional training in other areas—or subspecialties—of neurology such as stroke, epilepsy, neuromuscular disease, and movement disorders. These are some of the more common subspecialties within the field of neurology.

Learn more about the role of a neurologist and what a neurologist treats. 

How do I prepare for a neurologist office visit? 

Diagnosing and managing your neurologic disorder is a partnership between you and your neurologist. Much of this partnership relies upon sharing your health information. You want your doctor to know all about your symptoms, medical history, and any prior test results. This way he or she can be more effective in diagnosing and treating your disorder. 

Learn additional tips to help make the most of your visit. 

What are your rights as a patient? 

As a patient, you have the right to:

  • Adequate Health Care
  • Information
  • Privacy and Confidentiality
  • Your Responsibilities as a Patient

Gain a better understanding of your rights as a patient.  

How can I provide support as a caregiver? 

"Caregivers," "family caregivers," or "care partners" are the people who give daily care to a person with a neurologic disorder. A caregiver is most often a spouse, child, parent, or friend. It's first important to learn about the condition of your loved one or friend. You'll need information about what to expect, and what you can do to help. 

Discover how you can become a more effective caregiver.