Future of Neurology
UNKNOWN at pdms03.ksc.nasa.gov
Fri May 19 14:33:36 EST 1995
Who are you trying to convince, us or you?
In article <c596481.1.2FBAB149 at mizzou1.missouri.edu>,
c596481 at mizzou1.missouri.edu says...
> I am a 4-year medical student with plans to enter
the specialty of
>Neurology. I have a BS in the Neurosciences from
TCU, Ft Worth and have much
>research experience, both basic and clinical. It is
my opinion that the
>future of Neurology is very bright. All medical
specialties will suffer
>somewhat in the near future with the changes in
medicine at hand. However,
>neurology is unique that the neurosciences are
exploding. This trend began in
>the early eighties. We will have, in the next 2 to 3
years, new therapeutic
>modalities that neurologist 20 or 30 years ago could
only dream of. Our
>knowledge and treatment of stroke will soon be
revolutionized with new
>thromobolytic drugs and other drugs designed to
prevent many of the secondary
>injury processes that occur following an ischemic
event (steriods, ionic
>channel blockers, excitatory amino acid channel
blockers, vasodialators, etc).
>Our knowledge of neurogenetics is mushrooming with
the promise of genetic
>testing for inborn errors of metabolism and
subsequent treatment. Movement
>disorders will soon be treated with a combination of
>neurosurgical procedures and new drugs. We are now
able to transplant
>autologous fetal neural tissue into Parkisons
patients with decent results.
>Psychiatry and neurology, because of basic
neuroresearch, now realize the
>opportunity to understand many mental disease in
terms of organic brain
>disease with defects in receptor number and function,
>and autoregulatory mechanisms of the brain.
> Much remains to be done and understood.
Alzheimer's disease is increasing
>in frequency as the population gets older. There is
still a poor
>understanding of MS and how to treat it, but
immunotherapy holds promise.
>Infectious disease of the PNS and CNS will continue
to deserve attention,
>especially as new viruses are discovered and known
pathogens become resistent
>to antibiotics. The treatment of neurotrauma is
still archaic. Our
>understanding of shizophrenia is still very poor.
How do we treat
>Huntington's disease or ALS? The sky is the limit
for neurology. I cannnot
>think of a more exciting field to go into. The
opportunities for research,
>academics, and practice are great and rewarding.
This is without doubt the
>decade of the brain.
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