Victor Kandinsky (1849-89): A pioneer of modern Russian forensic psychiatry

Vladimir Lerner, Jacob Margolin, Eliezer Witztum

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    The paper describes Victor Kandinsky's professional achievements within nineteenth-century Russian forensic psychiatry. A thorough review of nineteenth-century Russian psychiatry is presented, followed by a short biographical account of Kandinsky's personal life. Within the backdrop of Russian forensic psychiatry toward the end of nineteenth century, Kandinsky's pioneer innovations in psychopathology and classification as well as his contributions to Russian forensic psychiatry are reviewed. These are exemplified by two of his forensic case studies relating to forensic responsibility and malingering, which are included in his famous book 'On Irresponsibility'.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)216-228
    Number of pages13
    JournalHistory of Psychiatry
    Issue number2
    StatePublished - 1 Jun 2012


    • 19th century
    • Forensic psychiatry
    • Russian psychiatry
    • Victor Kandinsky
    • malingering


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