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June 1931

Innere Sekretion und psychische Prozesse.

Arch NeurPsych. 1931;25(6):1403-1404. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1931.02230060247018

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Speranski's monograph is an extraordinary formulation of what can be called only ideology of the Russian school of reflexology. It is remarkably devoid of contact with the world of psychiatry as seen and worked with in America. It is a world, one might say, of paralogical preoccupations. It aims to cover so many items that it is certainly worthy of attention as a nationalistic development. Whether it is scientifically distinctive is another question. The monograph is translated from various publications in Russian appearing from 1923 to 1926. Speranski gives the following summary:

The first part of the book is devoted largely to the question of the development and structure of the "reflectory ascending and rebound waves," and "the reflectoryhormonal waves," the interchange of which constitutes the life activity of man, and moreover to the question of the "neurogenic-hematogenic correction," i. e., the question of the control of feeling over thought

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