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Article

Russian medicine: trying to catch up on scientific evidence and human values

The Lancet. 2017. Vol. 390. No. 10102. P. 1619-1620.

At the beginning of the 20th century, medicine as an
academic discipline and a vocational training was quite
similar in Russia and in western Europe. Most professors
in Russian medical faculties had some international
training. Pirogov, Sechenov, Mechnikoff, and Pavlov, just
to name a few, were not only exceptional scientists but
typical with their international training and research
experience. Yet medicine as a service to the public was
under developed. The access to a nurse or doctor was
very limited, as described depressingly clearly in
Anton Checkhov’s short stories. Some doctors devotedly
served their poor compatriots. Being prone to socialist
views, these doctors created the important argument
against the Tsarist regime