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May 1924


Author Affiliations

Associate Professor of Neurology, University of Illinois College of Medicine CHICAGO

From the Division of Neurology of the College of Medicine of the University of Illinois and the Pathology Laboratories of the Illinois State Psychopathic Institute and Cook County Hospital.

Arch NeurPsych. 1924;11(5):551-556. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1924.02190350057004

During a stay in Russia in the summer of 1922, when the terrible months of famine in that country were coming to an end, I was able to gather first hand information as to the social and medical aspects of this calamity. Dr. M. M. Herman, representative of Nansen's committee and of the Ukrainian Red Cross, thus pictured to me the conditions in Kherson, one of the cities of Russia that suffered severely.

On the streets one could notice, in the early weeks of the famine, an unusual number of emaciated individuals and crying children. Abandoned houses and streets were crowded with dead bodies which could not be removed in time. Nor were there any means to bury them. Corpses, therefore, were piled up in so-called brotherhood graves, and as many were but partially covered with earth, they were carried away by hungry dogs. Five hundred and ninety corpses were