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December 1965

The Pathology of Thinking.

Arch Neurol. 1965;13(6):680. doi:10.1001/archneur.1965.00470060116020

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The topic of this Soviet monograph is the application of certain psychological tests to the description and differentiation of some neurological and psychiatric diseases. The tests used are familiar to Western physicians, eg the interpretation of proverbs, word-association tests, and the classification procedures introduced by Goldstein for the investigation of aphasia. The patients examined by the author included those suffering from schizophrenia, psychopathy, mental defect, epilepsy, and cerebrovascular diseases.

Many of the findings are familiar, and little is new. The interest of this monograph lies not in any depth or range of the psychometric tests used, and not in the clinical descriptions of the patients, but rather in the light it casts on Soviet psychological practice. The book contains numerous references to the writings of Lenin and the theories of Pavlov, but it seems doubtful how much effect these philosophic beliefs have on the day-to-day practice of Soviet psychologists. The

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