Racial Hygiene: Medicine Under the Nazis
'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.
Paperback, 464 pages
Published March 15th 1990 by Harvard University Press
(first published July 1st 1988)
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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
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
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.
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.More about Robert N. Proctor...