Vladimir Bekhterev: His life, his work and the mystery of his death

Vladimir Lerner, Jacob Margolin, Eliezer Witztum

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Bekhterev was one of the prominent scientists of his era. He played a crucial role in the study of the development of the brain's organization, neurophysiology and neuropathology and in the objective study of psychological phenomena. Due to a trick of fate, Bekhterev's name and scientific contributions were neglected and consigned to oblivion. In this article we would like to restore the historical injustice done to Bekhterev. Based on newly discovered documents and testimonies, we present little known details about his life history, his clinical work and the tragic circumstances of his death.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-227
Number of pages11
JournalHistory of Psychiatry
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2005


  • History
  • Neurology
  • Psychiatry
  • Reflexology
  • Stalin
  • Vladimir Bekhterev


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