[Leningrad]: Medgiz, Leningr. otd-niye, 1945. Item #1555
(2-ya f-ka det. knigi Detgiza). 128 pp.: tables. 16.7x24.8 cm. In original publisher’s printed wrappers. Worn, tears of the spine, light soiling of the wrappers. Otherwise good.
Extremely rare. 1 of 1,000 copies. Compiled by Vladimir Myasishchev. Edited by S. Gaukhman.
One of the first Soviet studies of neuropsychiatric diseases in the Leningrad siege.
The siege of Leningrad began on 8 September 1941 and continued until 27 January 1944, going down in history as the longest and most destructive blockade. The 872 days of the siege caused extreme famine through the disruption of utilities, water, energy, and food supplies. This resulted in the deaths of up to 1,500,000 soldiers and civilians and the evacuation of 1,400,000 more. Civilians in the city suffered from starvation, especially in the winter of 1941–42. From November 1941 to February 1942 the only food available to the citizen was 125 grams of bread per day, of which 50–60% consisted of sawdust and other inedible admixtures. Against the backdrop of a severe famine, civilians became prone to numerous neuropsychiatric diseases, which became a focus of attention of Soviet medical personnel.
Published a year after the end of the Leningrad siege, this book represents an important study of neuropsychiatric diseases that mainly originated from either starvation or warfare injuries during the blockade. The edition was compiled by the famous Soviet psychologist and developmental psychologist Vladimir Myasishchev (1893-1973) in 1945. The book contains texts of the reports delivered at the 1941/1942 and 1943 medical conferences in Leningrad. The conferences were organized by V. M. Bekhterev Psycho-Neurological Institute together with the Leningrad Society of Psychiatrists and Neurologists. The reports covered a range of topical issues of neuropsychiatric practice and provided new data on the symptomology, course, and treatment of insufficiently studied forms of diseases in war and blockade conditions. Among the authors of the articles were V. Myasischev, G. Abramovich, K. Kandaratskaya, Sh. Khidrogluyan, I. Odinova, A. Kolesova, D. Pesker, etc. The texts include numerous examples from the medical practice of the authors, showing both a Soviet approach to the treatment of psycho-neurological diseases in the 1940s and the traumatic experiences that civilians had to go through during the siege (Ex: Patient No. 3. 34 years old, was in the clinic for 3 months. Always nervous and hysterical... Considered herself ill since the middle of winter 1941/1942. It was unusually hard for her to experience a lack of food; painfully suffered from hunger… Having received the meat, she ate it raw, greedily tearing it off the bones…). The edition also contains numerous tables (admissions to psychiatric hospitals by quarters of 1942 and 1943; admissions of patients with psychopathies, psychoneuroses, and reactive states, admissions to psychiatric hospitals in the group of exogenous psychoses (1942/1943), etc.), providing an extremely rare insight into psychological hardships of living in the early 1940s Leningrad.
The book contains 17 reports and brief overviews of the two conferences that became the basis of this edition.
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