Racial Hygiene: Medicine Under the Nazis

Racial Hygiene: Medicine Under the Nazis

by Robert Proctor
     
 

Scholars exploring the history of science under the Nazis have generally concentrated on the Nazi destruction of science or the corruption of intellectual and liberal values. Racial Hygiene focuses on how scientists themselves participated in the construction of Nazi racial policy. Robert Proctor demonstrates that the common picture of a passive scientificSee more details below

Overview

Scholars exploring the history of science under the Nazis have generally concentrated on the Nazi destruction of science or the corruption of intellectual and liberal values. Racial Hygiene focuses on how scientists themselves participated in the construction of Nazi racial policy. Robert Proctor demonstrates that the common picture of a passive scientific community coerced into cooperation with the Nazis fails to grasp the reality of what actually happened--namely, that many of the political initiatives of the Nazis arose from within the scientific community, and that medical scientists actively designed and administered key elements of National Socialist policy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674745780
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
03/28/1990
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
4.86(w) x 8.23(h) x 1.28(d)

Meet the Author

Robert N. Proctor, author of Racial Hygiene: Medicine under the Nazis, is Professor of History of Science at Stanford University.

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. The Origins of Racial Hygiene

2. "Neutral Racism": The Case of Fritz Lenz

3. Political Biology: Doctors in the Nazi Cause

4. The Sterilization Law

5. The Control of Women

6. Anti-Semitism in the German Medical Community

7. The Destruction of "Lives Not Worth Living"

8. The "Organic Vision" of Nazi Racial Science

9. Medical Resistance: The Association of Socialist Physicians

10. The Politics of Knowledge

Epilogue. Postwar Legacies

Appendix A: German Medical journals under the Nazis

Appendix B: University and Research Institutes Devoted to Racial Hygiene

Bibliography

Notes

Index

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