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April 1943

Lectures on Conditioned Reflexes: Volume II. Conditioned Reflexes and Psychiatry.

Arch NeurPsych. 1943;49(4):637. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1943.02290160159017

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This volume contains all of Pavlov's lectures on conditioned reflexes from 1928 to his death in 1936. With volume I (1903 to 1928) the English reader has a complete collection of Pavlov's lectures on this subject. Gantt has done the difficult task of translation with credit. Moreover, he has written a twenty-eight page introduction, in which he discusses the history of Pavlov's research and gives a critical evaluation of his work. Best of all is the appreciation of the man himself, in the section entitled "Closing Years." Here one senses what a really great figure Pavlov was—his energy, his enthusiasm and his ability to plan. In 1935 he told the International Congress in Moscow: "I am an experimenter from head to foot. My whole life has consisted of experiments." And in 1936, in a letter to young scientists, he insisted on the importance of systematic planning: "From the very beginning

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