BLOCH, Sidney, and Peter REDDAWAY REDDAWAY, Peter
Title: Soviet Psychiatric Abuse : The Shadow over World Psychiatry . First American Edition in dustjacket
Publisher:  Westview Press, Boulder, Colorado, 1985, ISBN:0813302099
Seller ID: 113852
BLOCH, Sidney, and Peter REDDAWAY. Soviet Psychiatric Abuse : The Shadow over World Psychiatry. Boulder, Colorado : Westview Press, (1985). First American Edition. Pp (6),-288,+ 16 pp plates. Index. 8vo, black cloth, gilt lettering to spine.
"Now, in their new book, these two authors describe the ensuing struggle to alert the world to this outrage against human rights and human dignity, and thus to put pressure upon the Soviet Union to end this odious practice. The struggle has not been an easy one. The World Psychiatric Association (WPA), which links together the many national psychiatric organizations, has been deeply divided. Communist-aligned countries have of course supported the Soviet Union and have denounced the allegations as Cold War propaganda: the authors' own book was branded as "well- composed slander". And many Western psychiatrists took the view that it would be detrimental to the welfare of the WPA to allow political matters to intrude into what was essentiallv a scientific body. The issue came to a head, dramatically, at the WPA's Honolulu Congress, when at the end of a cliff-hanging debate a resolution condemning Soviet practice was passed by a small majority.
Now the battle was joined. The Russians proposed to defy the resolution. The WPA set up a Review Committee to investigate and publicize all further cases of psychiatric abuse. The Russians suppressed a remarkable pressure group set up by dissidents inside the Soviet Union, which for four years (1977-81) had documented the abuses in great detail and addressed many appeals to the West - all its members were arrested, psychiatrist Anatoly Koryagin drawing the longest sentence—of 12 years. The book contains the first systematic account of this group's heroic work. Within the WPA, the Russians stalled and prevaricateited, but none-the-less some Western psychiatrists were able to visit the Soviet Union and assess some 'ex-patients' for themmselves. Finally, with the approach of the next WPA Congress (Vienna, 1983), and the strong possibility of expulsion, the Russians chose to antricipate this move and resigned from the world organization. The Congress was confused, but the vote condemning psychiatric abuse was overwhelming this time." (from the dj).
1. Political Abuse: What Is It?
2. The Honolulu Congress: The First Great Clash.
3. Resistance at Home: Growth and Suppression.
4. The Review Committee: An Attempt to Investigate.
5. Honolulu to Vienna: The Opposition Intensifies.
6. Dialogue or Confrontation — The Movement to Expel.
7. The Resignation: The Russians Retreat.
8. Vienna and Bevond.
I. The Declaration of Hawaii, 1983.
II. How Can Foreigners Help the Victims of Soviet Psychiatric Abuse? (V. Bakhmin).
III. Open Letter to World Psychiatrists from Dr Anatoly Koryagin.
IV. The Psychiatric Internments of Alexander Shatravka.
V. Letter of Resignation from the All-Union Soviet Society of Neuropathologists and Psychiatrists.
VI. List of Victims of Psychiatric Abuse, 1977-1983.
Very good in dustjacket. 40.00