February 25, 2020

Dangerous Times: When Paranoids Do Politics

In 1927, Jozef Stalin summoned the Russian neurologist Bekhterev to give a medical examination of the dictator.  Later that day, Bekhterev returned to a medical meeting and told colleagues, “I have just examined a paranoiac with a short, dry hand.”  Stalin’s left arm was shorter and weaker than the other.  The following day, Bekhterev was […]