By Irina Sirotkina
The very important position of literature and the determine of the author in Russian society and background were broadly studied, yet their function within the evolution of psychiatry is much less renowned. In Diagnosing Literary Genius: A Cultural historical past of Psychiatry in Russia, 1880-1930, Irina Sirotkina explores the adjustments of Russian psychiatric perform via its dating to literature. in this interval, psychiatrists started to view literature as either a trademark of the nation's psychological overall healthiness and a vital part of its future health. via aligning themselves with writers, psychiatrists argued that the purpose in their technological know-how was once no longer varied 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 concerns below the guise of literary feedback, and asserted ethical in addition to expert claims. by way of reading 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 clinical and literary heritage in this turbulent innovative interval.
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Diagnosing Literary Genius: A Cultural History of Psychiatry in Russia, 1880-1930 (Medicine and Culture) by Irina Sirotkina