Epidemics and Genocide in Eastern Europe, 1890-1945

Epidemics and Genocide in Eastern Europe, 1890-1945

by Paul Julian Weindling

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Epidemics and Genocide in Eastern Europe, 1890-1945 by Paul Julian Weindling

How did typhus come to be viewed as a "Jewish disease" and what was the connection between the anti-typhus measures during the First World War and the Nazi gas chambers and other genocidal medical practices in the Second World War? This powerful book provides valuable new insight into the history of German medicine in its reaction to the international fight against typhus and the perceived threat of epidemics from the East in the early part of this century. Paul Weindling examines how German bacteriology became increasingly racialized, and how it sought to eradicate the disease by the eradication of the perceived carriers. Delousing became a key feature of Nazi preventive medicine during the Holocaust, and gassing a favored means of eliminating typhus.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780198206910
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 03/30/2000
Pages: 486
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

PART 1: MICROBES AND MIGRANTS
1. Disease as Metamorphosis
2. Eradicating Parasites
3. Cleansing Bodies, Defending Borders
4. The First World War and Combating Lice
PART II: CONTAINMENT
5. Defending German Health: Technical Solutions
6. The Sanitary Iron Curtain: The Relief of Polish and Russian Typhus
7. German-Soviet Medical Collaboration
8. The Demise of Internationalism
PART III: ERADICATION
9. From Geo-medicine to Genocide
10. Delousing and the Holocaust
11. 'Victory with Vaccines': Human-Guinea Pigs and Louse-Feeders
12. From Medical Research to Biological Warfare
13. Clinical Trials on Trial
APPENDICES
I. Typhus statistics in Germany, Poland, Russia, and the Ukraine
II. Typhus Vaccines and Sera, 1876-1944
Select Bibliography
Index

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