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By Irina Sirotkina

The very important position of literature and the determine of the author in Russian society and heritage were widely studied, yet their position within the evolution of psychiatry is much less renowned. In Diagnosing Literary Genius: A Cultural heritage of Psychiatry in Russia, 1880-1930, Irina Sirotkina explores the alterations of Russian psychiatric perform via its dating to literature. in this interval, psychiatrists started to view literature as either a hallmark of the nation's psychological wellbeing and fitness and an essential component of its wellbeing and fitness. by means of aligning themselves with writers, psychiatrists argued that the purpose in their technology used to be now not numerous to the literary undertaking of exploring the human soul and reflecting at the mental illnesses of the age.

Through the writing of pathographies (medical biographies), psychiatrists reinforced their social status, debated political matters lower than the guise of literary feedback, and asserted ethical in addition to expert claims. via analyzing the psychiatric engagement with the works of Fyodor Dostoevsky, Nikolai Gogol, Leo Tolstoy, and the decadents and revolutionaries, Sirotkina presents a wealthy account of Russia's scientific and literary background in this turbulent progressive interval.

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