The Russian concept of schizophrenia: a review of the literature.

  title={The Russian concept of schizophrenia: a review of the literature.},
  author={Helen Lavretsky},
  journal={Schizophrenia bulletin},
  volume={24 4},
  • H. Lavretsky
  • Published 1998
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Schizophrenia bulletin
The focus of this article is a comprehensive review of the Russian-Soviet conceptualization of schizophrenia, which can be understood only in the broader historical and cultural context of Russian-Soviet psychiatry. Because of multiple barriers and the political abuse of psychiatry in the former Soviet Union, international psychiatric literature has lacked unbiased data about the scientific merit and historical logic of the Russian-Soviet concept of schizophrenia. This article represents an… 
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