The Western medical profession's knowledge
concerning the development of Soviet
medicine during the preceding two decades
1s ~ost meager. This situation may be
attributed to scvct;al factors. First, there
was a paucity of pertinent material available
for study during this period due to the
r~tri~tions imposed upon the exchange of
sc1ent1fic data between Russia and \'cstcm
Nations. In addition, as a result o( the
exigencies of war and politics, the . inter·
change of competent and interested obse.Vers
was reduced to an insignificant number.
Furthermore, the lack of Western scientific
personnel familiar with the Russian language
limited the significance of the few
Russian scientific journals which were available.
And finally, the deficiencies of Russian
medicine evident during the initial years
of Soviet rule may have minimized the
value of any further exchange.