Ivan Pavlov: A Russian Life in Science

Hardcover | October 28, 2014

byDaniel P. Todes

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This is a definitive, deeply researched biography of Russian physiologist Ivan Pavlov (1849-1936) and is the first scholarly biography to be published in any language. The book is Todes's magnum opus, which he has been working on for some twenty years. Todes makes use of a wealth of archivalmaterial to portray Pavlov's personality, life, times, and scientific work.Combining personal documents with a close reading of scientific texts, Todes fundamentally reinterprets Pavlov's famous research on conditional reflexes. Contrary to legend, Pavlov was not a behaviorist (a misimpression captured in the false iconic image of his "training a dog to salivate to thesound of a bell"); rather, he sought to explain not simply external behaviors, but the emotional and intellectual life of animals and humans. This iconic "objectivist" was actually a profoundly anthropomorphic thinker whose science was suffused with his own experiences, values, and subjectiveinterpretations.This book is also a traditional "life and times" biography that weaves Pavlov into some 100 years of Russian history - particularly that of its intelligentsia - from the emancipation of the serfs to Stalin's time. Pavlov was born to a family of priests in provincial Ryazan before the serfs wereemancipated, made his home and professional success in the glittering capital of St. Petersburg in late imperial Russia, suffered the cataclysmic destruction of his world during the Bolshevik seizure of power and civil war of 1917-1921, rebuilt his life in his 70s as a "prosperous dissident" duringthe Leninist 1920s, and flourished professionally as never before in 1929-1936 during the industrialization, revolution, and terror of Stalin.Todes's story of this powerful personality and extraordinary man is based upon interviews with surviving coworkers and family members (along with never-before-analyzed taped interviews from the 1960s and 1970s), examination of hundreds of scientific works by Pavlov and his coworkers, and closeanalysis of materials from some twenty-five archives. The documents range from the records of his student years at Riazan Seminary to the transcripts of the Communist Party cells in his labs, and from his scientific manuscripts and notebooks to his political speeches; they include revealing loveletters to his future wife and correspondence with hundreds of lay people, scholars, artists, and Communist Party leaders; and unpublished memoirs by many coworkers, his daughter, his wife, and his lover.

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This is a definitive, deeply researched biography of Russian physiologist Ivan Pavlov (1849-1936) and is the first scholarly biography to be published in any language. The book is Todes's magnum opus, which he has been working on for some twenty years. Todes makes use of a wealth of archivalmaterial to portray Pavlov's personality, lif...

Daniel P. Todes is Professor at the Institute of History of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:848 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:October 28, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceIntroductionPART ONE: The Seminarian Chooses Science (1849-1874)1. The Pavlovs of Riazan'2. Seminarian in the Sixties3. St. Petersburg UniversityPART TWO: Wilderness Years (1875-1890)4. The Reluctant Physician5. Serafima Vasil'evna Karchevskaia6. Time of Troubles7. In From the ColdPART THREE: Man of Tsarist Science (1891-1904)8. A NonChekhovian Type9. The Pavlovs of St. Petersburg10. Professor of Physiology11. The Physiology Factory: Forces of Production12. The Physiology Factory: Relations of Production13. Favorite Dogs14. A Convincing Synthesis15. Dacha Life16. A European Reputation17. Targeting the Psyche18. The Nobel PrizePART FOUR: Nobelist in the Silver Age (1905-1914)19. Amid Russia's Political Crisis20. Family Life21. Pavlov's Quest22. The Factory Retooled23. Battle of the Titans24. Women Coworkers and the Physiology of Emotion25. Mariia Kapitonovna PetrovaPART FIVE: War and Revolution (1914-1921)26. War27. Revolution28. Cataclysim29. Where Are You, Freedom?30. To Leave My Homeland"PART SIX: Prosperous Dissident (1922-1929)31. The Pavlovs of Leningrad32. A Great Journey33. Labratory Revival34. Lecturing the Bolsheviks and Leaving the Academy35. The Commissar and the Dialectician36. Freud, the Flood, and the Physiology of Personality37. Two Books and a Beast38. Types, Temperament, and Character39. Work and Play in City and Countryside40. On the Eve of the Great BreakPART SEVEN: Icon of Soviet and World Science (1929-1936)41. International Celebrity42. Stalin Times43. Pavlov's Communists44. Koltushi: Pavlov's Science Village45. Psychiatry46. Gestalt Pavlov-Style47. Year of Climaxes48. At the Summit: The International Physiology Congress49. Final DaysEpilogueGlossaryBibliography