Why We Should Not Use Psychiatry in Disputes on Culture
© Vladimir D. Mendelevich
PhD, MD, Dr. Sci. (Psychiatry), Prof., Head of Department
of Medical Psychology, Kazan State Medical University,
Director of Institute for Research of Problems of Mental Health,
Kazan, Russian Federation
© Josef M. Zislin
MD, Psychiatrist, Independent Researcher,
Jerusalem, State of Israel
Аbstract: The article is devoted to the critical analysis of K. Rybak and Yu. Izbachkov’s article “The Image of Natalia Rokotova as the Key to Understanding the Creative Method of Helena Ivanovna Roerich” published in the journal The Heritage of Centuries (2019, Is. 2). It is indicated that Rybak and Izbachkov are trying to use incorrect psychopathological data for the devaluation of the religious-philosophical doctrine and the personality of Helena Roerich. The authors of this article criticize the attempt to present the Agni Yoga teachings only as a consequence of Helena’s mental disorder. In their opinion, such an approach reflects the tendency of psychiatric stigmatization and is not acceptable in a scientific publication.
Keywords: pathobiography, Helena Roerich, Agni Yoga, psychopathology.
Article information: Received on July 14, 2019, signed by the print, volume 2 / 2019 on September 26, 2019, published on September 30, 2019
Full bibliographic reference to the article: Mendelevich, V. D.& Zislin I. M. (2019) Why We Should Not Use Psychiatry in Disputes on Culture. Nasledie vekov – Heritage of Centuries. 3. pp. 130–136. URL: http://heritage-magazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/2019_3_Mendelevich_Zislin.pdf (Accessed: dd.mm.yyyy). (In Russian).