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July 2, 1938

Pavlov and His School: The Theory of Conditioned Reflexes

JAMA. 1938;111(1):90-91. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790270092040

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Abstract

Biographic information, a concise account of the theory of conditioned reflexes, a record of the work of the predecessors of Pavlov on which his studies were based and a description of his methods of work and of his school are offered by this volume. The author, who was a student of Pavlov, first wrote the work in Russian, and the translation is by C. P. Dutt. Out of the years of his study and research, Pavlov summed up the basic qualities of mind indispensable to a scientist. As these were finally formulated they were published posthumously and are certainly worthy of repetition:

What is it that I would wish the young men and women of my country who have dedicated themselves to science?

First of all, consistency. Of this very important condition of fruitful scientific work I can never speak without emotion. Consistency, consistency and again consistency. From the very

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