Murderous Science: Elimination by Scientific Selection of Jews, Gypsies, and Others in Germany, 1933-1945

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In the 1920s and 1930s, advocates for eugenics made claims that genes influenced human behavior, but with no valid evidence from studies of the genome itself. To help realize their utopian dreams, they turned to politics - most successfully in Germany where the Nazis adopted their ideas. But the German eugenicists paid a price for this support - the need to justify and promote the Nazis' violent anti-semitism. In this book, the distinguished German geneticist Benno Muller-Hill documents the terrible collaboration which ended in the mass murder of millions, and warns against the misuse today of newly emerging knowledge about human heredity. In an accompanying essay, Nobel Laureate James D. Watson, an architect of this new era of genetics, vividly describes a recent visit to Berlin and his impressions of the legacy of eugenics in German science.
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Journal of the American Medical Association
The book is enlightening and could be read by anyone with scientific and historical curiosity. Moreover, it should be included in any course of medical ethics.
In 1984, In the context of emerging developments in his field, this German geneticist documented the history of the collaboration of scientists interested in eugenics ("kakogenics") with the Nazis. This volume includes the translator's notes on terminology; "a German chronicle of the identification, proscription, and extermination of those who are different;" and an essay by Nobel Laureate James Watson on eugenics' legacy in German science. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879695316
  • Publisher: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1997
  • Series: Science & Society Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Author's Preface to the English Edition
Translator's Preface
Translator's Notes on Terminology
Identification, Proscription, and Extermination
Introduction 3
A German Chronicle of the Identification, Proscription, and Extermination of Those Who Were Different 7
From the Ostracism of the Jews to the Sterilization of Mental Patients 23
From the Killing of Mental Patients to the Killing of Jews and Gypsies 42
The Use of Those Who Had Been Deprived of Their Rights as Material for Anthropological and Psychiatric Research 71
On the Role and Self-image of Some Anthropologists 81
Nine Questions 95
Miss Gertrud Fischer, the daughter of Professor Eugen Fischer 117
Professor Widukind Lenz, the son of Professor Fritz Lenz 120
Dr. Helmut von Verschuer, the son of Professor Otmar von Verschuer 126
Professor Edith Zerbin-Rudin, the daughter of Professor Ernst Rudin 130
Mrs. Susanne Ludicke, Professor Fischer's medical technician, and Dr. Lore von Kries 134
Professor Wolfgang Abel 136
Dr. Engelhard Buhler 151
Dr. Adolf Wurth 156
Professor Hans Grebe 163
Mrs. Irmgard Haase, Professor Otmar von Verschuer's medical technician 169
Professor Georg Melchers 171
Professor Werner-Joachim Eicke 173
Professor Hans-Joachim Rauch 177
Five Days in Berlin, James D. Watson 187
The Specter of Kakogenics, Benno Muller-Hill 201
Bibliography 207
Notes and References 213
Name Index 233
Subject Index 247
Autobiographical Note 255
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