A Neurologist on Medical Mysteries

We could talk to neurologist Jay Lombard, D.O., all day, any day. Particularly if we get on the topic of medical mysteries. The clinical cases that he’s seen on the brain-mind split are beyond fascinating. He explores some in his book The Mind of God, and we asked him to go deeper in this video series. He also covers the link between the brain and the immune system—and how this could change the way we approach autoimmune conditions. And he gets into the impact of connection and isolation on the brain, which could change the way we approach aggression and violence.

(For more from Lombard, see our Q&A: Does the Mind Exist?)

1. You’ve seen a lot of medical mysteries—what’s one that has stuck with you?

2. What do we know about the mind now—and where are we still in the dark?

3. What’s the connection between the brain and the immune system? What does this tell us about autoimmunity, if anything?

4. You’re also interested in understanding the potential biology of disconnection, aggression, and othering. What could be at play here?

5. A lot of your work now is focusing on neuroregneration. What’s possible today and where do you see the field going?

Dr. Jay Lombard is a board-certified neurologist and author of The Mind of God: Neuroscience, Faith, and a Search for the Soul. Now in private practice, Lombard previously served as the chief of neurology at Bronx Lebanon Hospital, where he led the stroke unit. He’s also the co-founder and chief scientific officer and medical director at Genomind, which specializes in genetic testing to improve neuropsychiatric conditions.

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