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A Basis for the Theory of Medicine by A. D. Speransky

Written by one of the influential figures in Russian medicine, many of Moshe's ideas on how the nervous system is organized, how we respond to stress and how we heal, are derived from this book. Though it is a technical book, it is also quite readable with clear chapter summaries. If you want to delve the source of Moshe's thinking this book is required reading, but be warned it is not for the faint of heart.
This is THEbook that Moshe referred to more than any other as an important influence on the development of his ideas. The book has achieved cult status not only in the Feldenkrais community, but also among groups of chiropractors and osteopaths. It has been out of print for decades and has now been brought back by International Publishers press for a limited printing.

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From Dennis Leri's article about Speransky: "Moshe Feldenkrais often spoke with admiration about Russian researcher and theorist A.D. Speransky. When reading Speransky's book one is initially faced with grim, gruesome and grizzly accounts of experiments that nearly all have the same result: the test animal dies... But, the grim task of reading becomes a sort of detective story of ever increasing interest. We travel back in time to Russia in the Twenties and Thirties. Hard questions about pathology and health were being asked and put to the test. Numerous twists and turns along the way led to some very startling propositions being put forth."

"Speransky's characterization of health and pathology as emergent self-perpetuating states anticipated much theorizing now current. His thinking led to him being able to create pathological states mimicking certain diseases. He was also able to demonstrate that pathological states could be interrupted and health returned not fighting the irritant but by changing the state."

From The Mental Furniture articles www.semiophysics.com