• A neurologist is a doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating disorders of the nervous system. The nervous system includes the brain, nerves, muscles, and spinal cord.


    Neurologists must spend four years in medical school, a year in an internship, and three years in specialty training. They must then complete residency training and pass an exam.

    Neurological Tests

    Neurologists perform tests to measure balance, muscle strength, memory, speech, and language.

    Diagnostic Tests

    Nuerologists perform CAT scans, MRI tests, lumbar puncture, electroencephalography tests, and blood tests.

    Neurologic Diseases

    More than 600 neurologic diseases have been identified, including Huntington's disease, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, epilepsy, and meningitis.


    The median annual salary for a United States neurologists is $203,884.


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