Vladimir Bekhterev, 1857-1927 Academic Article uri icon


  • At the age of 16, Bekhterev entered the Military Medical Academy in St. Petersburg, graduating in 1878 at the age of 21 with a degree comparable to Bachelor of Medicine. In 1884 Bekhterev, then 26 years old, received a travel scholarship for approximately 18 months (1). On returning to Russia in 1885, he was already well known. He accepted a Chair in Psychiatry and worked in a psychiatric clinic in Kazan until 1893 and then at the Military Medical Academy in St. Petersburg. He served as a professor and director of the clinic for mental and nervous illnesses in the following years until his sudden and mysterious death in 1927. After his death, his name and works were deleted completely from the textbooks and scientific literature by Stalin's orders (2). Bekhterev's name is connected to 13 eponyms, the most famous including Bekhterev's disease (a chronic and progressive …

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  • January 1, 2005