Putting the brain back into psychiatry

Understanding the causes of inflammation in the gut and the brain may point to better treatments for depression, says to a US neurologist.

Dr David Hasse (pictured), who practises integrative medicine at the Maxwell Clinic in the US, says psychiatry is the only specialty that does not examine the organ that it treats.

This approach is no longer applicable, he says, in an age of electroencephalograms (EEGs) and research pointing towards the prominence of inflammation.

Dr Hasse, a guest speaker at a BioCeuticals Symposium in Sydney, answers