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The staffing figures in 1954 for Soviet psychiatric hospitals were: 44 PRESENT-DAY RUSSIAN PSYCHOLOGY 1 psychiatrist for 28 patients, 1 nurse for 6 and 1 attendant for 3. The bed figures were: Year Beds 1911 47,975 1923 12,950 1940 83,895 1957 115,430 Rokhlin compares American, Canadian and AustraHan d o c t o r patient ratios in psychiatry unfavourably with those in the Soviet Union. , passive treatments and the belief that mental diseases are incurable have been replaced by active medical work, imbued with a vigorous striving for thera­ peutic efi'ect.

Vygotsky) has led to some extremely profitable results. Much of Luria's work is now avail­ able in English (Luria, 1960, 1961, 1963a, 1963b; Luria and Y u d o vich, 1959), and we may therefore confine ourselves here to the briefest description of the main Hues of his work. g. O'Connor and Hermelin, 1963; Kendler and Kendler, 1962) has been almost totally neglected in the West. Their success in demonstrating this regulatory role has been largely due to their adoption of a developmental approach, for, in the adult, linguistic operations are so completely internalized that there is usually no overt evidence that complex forms of voluntary behaviour are under any form of verbal control at all.

W. and O'Connor, M. ), The Nature of Sleep. Ciba Foundation Symposium. London: Churchill, pp. 260-71. GOODWIN, W . R . and LAWRENCE, D . H . (1955) The functional independence of two discrimination habits associated with a constant stimulus situation. /. comp, physiol. Psychol. 48, 437-43. GRANIT, R . (1955) Receptors and Sensory Perception. : Yale Univ. Press. GRAY, J. A. (1964) Strength of the nervous system as a dimension of person­ ality in man: a review of work from the laboratory of B . M.

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