Vladimir Mikhailovich Bekhterev (1857-1927)
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The Russian neurologist, psychiatrist, psychologist, physiologist and morphologist Vladimir Mikhailovich Bekhterev was one of the prominent scientists of his era. He played a crucial role in the study of the brain’s organization: neurophysiology and neuropathology, the objective study of psychological phenomena, and the establishment of behaviorism as a distinct school in psychology. Through atwist of fate Bekhterev’s name and scientific contributions have been neglected and almost consigned to oblivion.We would like to correct the historical injustice inflicted on this outstanding person. In his time, researchers used to say: “Only two know the mystery of brain structure and organization: God and Bekhterev” [ 6].
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