Medicine and Medical Ethics in Nazi Germany: Origins, Practices, Legacies

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Overview

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.

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Five of the six essays are based on lectures delivered at an April 2000 symposium arranged by the Center for Holocaust Studies at the University of Vermont. Historians discuss such topics as the ideology of elimination: American and German eugenics, 1900- 45; the Nazi campaign against tobacco: science in a totalitarian state; a group portrait of criminal physicians in the Third Reich; and the legacy of Nazi medicine. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781571813862
  • Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Nazi Medicine in Historiographical Context 1
1 The Ideology of Elimination: American and German Eugenics, 1900-1945 13
2 The Nazi Campaign against Tobacco: Science in a Totalitarian State 40
3 Physicians as Killers in Nazi Germany: Hadamar, Treblinka, and Auschwitz 59
4 Criminal Physicians in the Third Reich: Toward a Group Portrait 77
5 Pathology of Memory: German Medical Science and the Crimes of the Third Reich 93
6 The Legacy of Nazi Medicine in Context 112
Appendix 128
Contributors 140
Selected Bibliography 142
Index 151
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