Friday, July 06, 2007

Lesionnaire's Syndrome

The Neurocritic would also like to thank Dr. Walterfang for drawing our attention to a terrible new disease afflicting quantitative neuroimaging laboratories around the globe. The sweatshop conditions contributing to this pandemic must end!
"Lesionnaire's syndrome"
Dennis Velakoulis, Christos Pantelis and Mark Walterfang
MJA 2005; 183 (11/12): 679.

The explosion in psychiatric neuroimaging research has led to the establishment of stressful and dark neuroimaging laboratories in which young researchers sweat in front of computer monitors performing laborious and tedious imaging analysis. These conditions have contributed to the development of a new psychiatric syndrome, described below.
Read the Diagnostic criteria to see if you, too, might be affected. As a cautionary tale, read the Case report of a 38-year-old psychiatrist who spent hundreds of hours tracing hippocampal volumes on MRI scans.

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