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Burdenko studied in Pavlov’s laboratory after graduation, and was greatly influenced by him. He specialised in neurosurgery. In World War I, he became surgeon in chief of the Russian Army Medical Service and under his guidance and leadership, the army developed an excellent neurosurgical team. In Moscow in 1924, he founded the Soviet Neurological Institute. Burdenko also became a member of the Supreme Soviet. He has been honoured twice on stamps of Russia, most recently in 1976 on the centenary of his birth (Stanley Gibbons 745, Scott 4438).
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