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Racial Hygiene: Medicine Under the Nazis

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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 coer ...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published March 15th 1990 by Harvard University Press (first published July 1st 1988)
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Beth Haynes
Jan 19, 2011 Beth Haynes rated it really liked it
Last September I attended a lecture on the life of Dr. Karl Brandt, one of the leading Nazi doctors who was hanged following the Nuremberg Doctor's trial. A comment made in the lecture has increased my interest in learning about what went on in the medical field in Nazi Germany. That comment was that a conclusion drawn from the Doctor's Trial was that never again should we let government control medicine. I am currently searching for an original source which either supports or refutes that state ...more
Jan 26, 2010 Chris rated it liked it
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Interesting review of the ways that the medical profession and Nazism mutually shaped each other in Germany. It seemed that Proctor wanted to say a little bit more about some of the preoccupations of the Nazi movement, purity, holism, health, etc, but he shies away from drawing clear verdicts on these issues. As a result, some of the information seems excessive, like the chapter on organic medicine, which could have been combined with other material. Even this was at least interesting. Had it be ...more
Jan 11, 2009 Matt rated it it was amazing
Proctor's book was extremely informative in helping to uncover the social and scientific roots of the healing-killing paradox. It helped me to understand the mind-frame of doctors under the Nazi regime, to a certain extent, and served as an integral part of my senior research.
Tara Olewnik dunn
Jun 23, 2013 Tara Olewnik dunn rated it it was amazing
I read this to familiarize myself with the racial hygiene laws to write a paper on medical futility . This book described the horrible and sick lengths the Nazi's went to ensure their "racial purity".
Dave Clark
Feb 25, 2009 Dave Clark rated it liked it
This extensively researched book outlines how some in science used the idea of Eugenics to aid in establishing a seriously fucked-up world view that led to the Holocaust.
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American historian of science and Professor of the History of Science at Stanford University.While a professor of the history of science at the University of Pennsylvania in 1999, he became the first historian to testify against the tobacco industry.
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