On the origins of the concept of ‘latent schizophrenia’ in Russian psychiatry

A new piece in History of Psychiatry may interest AHP readers: “On the origins of the concept of ‘latent schizophrenia’ in Russian psychiatry,” by Birk Engmann. Abstract:

In the mid-twentieth century in the Soviet Union, latent schizophrenia became an important concept and a matter of research and also of punitive psychiatry. This article investigates precursor concepts in early Russian psychiatry of the nineteenth century, and examines whether – as claimed in recent literature – Russian and Soviet research on latent schizophrenia was mainly influenced by the work of Eugen Bleuler.

About Jacy Young

Jacy Young is a professor at Quest University Canada. A critical feminist psychologist and historian of psychology, she is committed to critical pedagogy and public engagement with feminist psychology and the history of the discipline.