Neurology is the study of the nervous system, encompassing brain, spinal cord and the peripheral nervous system, as well as the musculature of the human body.

The neurologist knows about all the deformities and disorders of the nervous system and musculature, and what can go wrong with them. This includes migraine, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease as well as chronic sleep disorders and difficulties with movement.

The neurologist has received special training in the various methods of examination used to diagnose the above conditions. He can, for example, measure electrical activity in the brain or extract and examine fluids from the spine.

A neurologist treats his patients with medication. If an operation is needed, the patient will be transferred to the neurosurgeon.


Five fascinating facts about our brain:

  • The human brain keeps developing until the age of around 50
  • When we’re awake, our brain creates enough electricity to illuminate a small light bulb
  • The brain is made of 60% fat
  • The smell of chocolate triggers brainwaves that have a calming effect
  • Every time a memory is created, new connections are made in the brain




Five fascinating facts about migraines:

  • In Switzerland, one in every five people suffers from migraines (over one million people)
  • Work absences caused by migraines cost around CHF 300 million per year
  • There are at least four migraine genes
  • Stress, alcohol, a varying sleep cycle and the female hormone cycle can trigger migraine attacks
  • 60% of patients experience specific precursors to an attack, such as increased appetite, yawning or mood swings