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Eur Neurol. 2011;66(1):14-7. doi: 10.1159/000328779. Epub 2011 Jun 23.

VladimirMikhailovic Bekhterev (1857-1927): strange circumstances surrounding the death of the great Russian neurologist.

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  • 1Department of Neurology and Neurorehabilitation, Rehabilitation Centre, Valens, Switzerland. kesselring.klival@spin.ch


The famous Russian neurologist Vladimir Mikhailovic Bekhterev (1857-1927) was ordered to examine Josef Stalin in December 1927 during the First All-Russian Neurological Congress in Moscow. Returning to the Congress after his consultation he told some colleagues that he had 'examined a paranoiac with a dry, small hand'. The next day, Bekhterev died and only his brain was examined postmortem, the body being cremated the same day.

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