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July 1965

Conditioning and Psychiatry.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1965;13(1):96. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1965.01730010098014

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Dr. Ban presents in this small volume an excellent, concise review of Pavlov's contributions to physiological psychology, human conditioning techniques, as well as his views on psychopathology.

The book is conveniently divided in four parts. The first is devoted to a description of Pavlov's behavioral experiments with a terminological description to explain the results. This will provide readers interested in the contemporary Russian psychological literature with a handy interpretive guide. There are additional chapters covering Pavlov's brain model and its relation to current concepts of brain function. While it has perhaps only historical significance for non-Russian neurophysiology, it again provides the reader with the terminology for understanding the Russian literature.

The second part contains a review of pavlovian clinical psychopathology. While not considering himself a clinician, Pavlov wrote extensively on psychiatry and constructed a theory to explain human neurosis on the basis of his experimental findings. Two basic forms of

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