Revolution and Psychosis: The Mixing of Science and Politics in Russian Psychiatric Medicine, 1905-13

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Julie V Brown, Associate Professor and Head (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Russia's psychiatrists, like members of many other occupational groups, were drawn into politics in the early years of the twentieth century. Although relatively small in size, the psychiatric profession was especially vocal during that era. In a number of respects, the particular concerns of psychiatrists differed from those of other doctors; however, Nancy Frieden's observation that "professional grievances formed the core of the physicians' opposition" is as applicable to psychiatric physicians as to most other medical practitioners—and indeed to other professional groups as well.2 While a large number of Russia's educated workers were critical of specific governmental policies and of the very structure of their society, the political activists among them tended to channel much of their energy into the effort to gain increased autonomy and status for their respective occupations.

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Russian Review, 46: 283-302
Language: English
Date: 1987
Russia, psychiatric medicine, physicians, politics

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