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Revista Virtual de la Sociedad Paraguaya de Medicina Interna

On-line version ISSN 2312-3893


MORINIGO, David; FLEITAS, Derlis; MOREL PIRELLI, Maida  and  VELAZQUEZ, Genaro. Neurophobia in internal medicine postgraduate students. Rev. virtual Soc. Parag. Med. Int. [online]. 2017, vol.4, n.2, pp.42-48. ISSN 2312-3893.


Neurophobia is the perception of neurology as difficult and unpleasant.


To determine the frequency of neurophobia in internal medicine postgraduate students of the Clinical Hospital, National Hospital of Itauguá, Central Military Hospital and Institute of Social Security.

Materials and methods:

This was an observational descriptive cross-sectional study. The tool used was a questionnaire designed to identify the affinity or aversion towards the different subspecialties that compose the internal medicine and later, to interrogate on the possible subjective causes of the aversion.


Fifty six students were included. It was found that 54% presented neurophobia, 63.3% identified the lack of knowledge in basic neurology as the most important cause, followed by 50% that referred to the complexity of the anamnesis and physical examination associated with neurological pathologies.


More than half of the internal medicine postgraduate students present neurophobia, which is alarming because one-third of human pathology is neurological and therefore will be part of their daily medical practice.

Keywords : neurophobia; internship and residency; internal medicine; neurological manifestations.

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