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Revista Colombiana de Psiquiatría

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HOLGUIN LEW, Jorge Carlos  and  CARDENO CASTRO, Carlos Alberto. Neuropsychiatry in Colombia. Why? What for?. rev.colomb.psiquiatr. [online]. 2007, vol.36, suppl.1, pp.21-25. ISSN 0034-7450.

Introduction: There are two broad ways of defi ning neuropsychiatry: the North American view understands this discipline as behavioral neurology and European view argues that it constitutes a subspeciality within psychiatry dealing with diagnosis and treatment of patients with established neurological diseases that have disturbances in their behavior. Objectives: To understand the clinical practice of neuropsychiatry as a sort of neuro-liasion creates the need of an interdisciplinary work for the neuropsychiatrist adapted to the different needs of the affected individual. From this perspective treatment and rehabilitation teams in neuropsychiatry accept the relationships existing between structural brain damage, behavior and environment and relational contexts. Additionally, psychiatric interview and case formulation are helped by techniques coming from neuropsychology and neuroimaging. Conclusion: Although there are several groups interested in neuropsychiatry in Colombia, important curricular changes are needed in order to make possible the creation of training programs in this area. In this paper some key aspects for discussing this matter are enounced.

Keywords : Neurology; psychiatry; brain diseases; curriculum.

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