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Eur J Neurol. 2004 Jun;11(6):371-6.

The enigma of Lenin's (1870-1924) malady.

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Mental Health Center, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben-Gurion University, Be'er Sheva, Israel.


The health of heads of states is not always handled in the same way as an incapacitating disability in ordinary professionals. Instead of suspension of responsibilities, the health status of political leaders is concealed, especially when the illness is perceived as stigmatizing, such as organic mental impairment or sexual disorder. The objective of the present paper is to analyse the malady of Lenin (1870-1924) in the light of relevant and new medical information. It is hoped that this will accentuate the need for transparency when the health of a statesman is concerned.

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