Stalin's last years: delusions or dementia?

  title={Stalin's last years: delusions or dementia?},
  author={Vladimir Hachinski},
  journal={European Journal of Neurology},
  • V. Hachinski
  • Published 1 March 1999
  • Medicine
  • European Journal of Neurology
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