ISSN 2409-5834

New approach to madness: the development of the outpatient psychiatry in Soviet Russia in the 1920s and in the early 1930s

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Gregory Dufaud


This article explains how a marginal method for the provision of health care became public policy in Soviet Russia and shows the role of psychiatrists within the Soviet transformative project. In Russia, as in the West, asylums were chosen as the nucleus around which to develop psychiatry. On the eve of the First World War, few psychiatrists were demanding that the network of hospitals be completed by more socially-integrated institutions whose aim would be not only to provide care in the community but also to develop prevention

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