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Medicine and Medical Ethics in Nazi Germany
Origins, Practices, Legacies
Edited by Francis R. Nicosia and Jonathan Huener
180 pages, 11 illus., 3 figs, bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-57181-386-2 $120.00/£75.00 Hb Published (May 2002)
ISBN 978-1-57181-387-9 $27.95/£17.50 Pb Published (April 2004)
eISBN 978-0-85745-692-2 eBook
”Brief and synthetic as the essays are, they will…be of most use to students or to those new to the field. However, they provide engaging reading for those with more in-depth knowledge too.” · Journal of Modern History
"Educators and students owe a debt of gratitude ... all of the articles in this anthology are readily accessible to the non-specialist without compromising the cutting-edge scholarship that informs them." · ISIS
"This in an engrossing book ... morally challenging to all physicians." · Journal of the American Medical Association
"... extraordinarily valuable essays combine perspectives from history, sociology, demography, and anthropology." · Choice
"Excellent introductory and concluding chapters summarize the explanatory factor that historians have so far singled out." · History: Reviews of New Books
"... excellent orientation for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as physicians and the general public ... All in all, this is a stimulating set of essays that deserves a wide readership." · H-German
The participation of German physicians in medical experiments on innocent people and mass murder is one of the most disturbing aspects of the Nazi era and the Holocaust. Six distinguished historians working in this field are addressing the critical issues raised by these murderous experiments, such as the place of the Holocaust in the larger context of eugenic and racial research, the motivation and roles of the German medical establishment, and the impact and legacy of the eugenics movements and Nazi medical practice on physicians and medicine since World War II.
Based on the authors' original scholarship, these essays offer an excellent and very accessible introduction to an important and controversial subject. They are also particularly relevant in light of current controversies over the nature and application of research in human genetics and biotechnology.
Francis R. Nicosia is the Raul Hilberg Distinguished Professor of Holocaust Studies at the University of Vermont. He is the author of The Third Reich and the Palestine Question, and co-author of The Columbia Guide to the Holocaust.
Jonathan Huener is assistant professor of History at the University of Vermont where he teaches courses on the Holocaust, German history, and Polish history. He is the author of the forthcoming book German Deeds, Polish Soil, Jewish Shoah: Auschwitz Memory and the Politics of Commemoration.
Series: Volume 1, Vermont Studies on Nazi Germany and the Holocaust
Subject: WWII History Genocide Studies
LC: R510 .M385 2002
BL: YC.2003.a.10599BISAC: HIS014000 HISTORY/Europe/Germany; HIS027100 HISTORY/Military/World War II; HIS043000 HISTORY/HolocaustBIC: HBTZ1 The Holocaust; HBJD European history
Chapter 1. The Ideology of Elimination: American and German Eugenics, 1900-1945
Chapter 2. The Nazi Campaign Against Tobacco: Science in a Totalitarian State
Chapter 3. Physicians as Killers in Nazi Germany: Hadamar, Treblinka, and Auschwitz
Chapter 4. A Criminal Profession in the Third Reich: Toward a Group Portrait of Physicians
Chapter 5. Pathology of Memory: German Medical Science and the Crimes of the Third Reich
Chapter 6. The Legacy of Nazi Medicine in Context
Appendix: Speech given by the President of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science Hubert Markl on the occasion of the opening of the symposium entitled "Biomedical Sciences and Human Experimentation at Kaiser Wilhelm Institutes - The Auschwitz Connection"
Notes on contributors
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