A doctor who specializes in the brain, spinal cord, and nerves is a neurologist. A neurologist treats patients with epilepsy, Alzheimer's disease, and other disorders that involve the nervous system.

You can think of a neurologist as a "brain doctor," although everything in your body that makes up your nervous system, from your brain to your nerves and ganglia, falls under their area of expertise. Neurologists are specially trained to diagnose and treat disorders ranging from concussion and migraines to stroke. The word neurologist comes from neurology and its Greek roots: neuro-, "nerves," and -logia, "study."

Definitions of neurologist
  1. noun
    a medical specialist in the nervous system and the disorders affecting it
    synonyms: brain doctor
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    Jean Martin Charcot
    French neurologist who tried to use hypnotism to cure hysteria (1825-1893)
    Harvery Williams Cushing
    United States neurologist noted for his study of the brain and pituitary gland and who identified Cushing's syndrome (1869-1939)
    Sigmund Freud
    Austrian neurologist who originated psychoanalysis (1856-1939)
    Baron Richard von Krafft-Ebing
    German neurologist noted for his studies of sexual deviance (1840-1902)
    Georges Gilles de la Tourette
    French neurologist (1857-1904)
    Karl Wernicke
    German neurologist best known for his studies of aphasia (1848-1905)
    Thomas Willis
    English physician who was a pioneer in the study of the brain (1621-1675)
    type of:
    medical specialist, specialist
    practices one branch of medicine
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