A neurologist says…
- By: Matthew Menken
Only a neurologist with a petrified diaphragm could fail to enjoy the description of the neurologist's bag. The article also highlights certain salient aspects of the delivery of medical care. Neurologists in the United Kingdom spend most time in practice, evaluating and managing patients, doing so called direct patient care. By contrast, in the United States, neurology has become a high tech specialty, and many younger neurologists and their patients would consider the bag of bedside tools somewhat passé. With neuroimaging (computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging) readily available and most neurologists trained to perform a myriad of investigations such as electromyography, duplex ultrasonography, and electroencephalography, the practice of neurology on my side of the Atlantic is improbable during a power blackout.
Zoe Ash reminds us that the role of a specialist is defined in part by social and cultural factors, in addition to the burden of illness in the