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Palgrave Macmillan

Medicine after the Holocaust

From the Master Race to the Human Genome and Beyond

ISBN 9780230618947
Publication Date December 2009
Formats Hardcover Paperback Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

In an effort to create the Master Race, Nazi physicians and bioscientists, using American legislative models, money, and moral support, sterilized 400,000 and euthanized 200,000 German citizens while developing the gas chambers and crematoria used to murder 6,000,000 Jews. Rubenfeld and the contributors to this collection posit that German physicians betrayed the Hippocratic Oath when they chose knowledge over wisdom, the state over the individual, a führer over God, and personal gain over professional ethics. This groundbreaking work questions whether, since the best physicians of the early twentieth century could abandon their patients, the best physicians of the twenty-first century be certain that they will not do the same.

DR SHELDON RUBENFELD is a Clinical Professor of General Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, USA and a Fellow in both the American College of Physicians and the American College of Endocrinology.

Foreword; F.S.Collins
Introduction; S.Rubenfeld
PART I: EUGENICS, EUTHANASIA, EXTERMINATION
When Evil Was Good and Good Evil: Remembrance of Nuremberg; E.D.Pellegrino
Medicine During the Nazi Period: Historical Facts, and Some Implications for Teaching Medical Ethics and Professionalism; V.Roelcke
Academic Medicine During the Nazi Period: The Implications for Creating Awareness of Professional Responsibility Today; W.Seidelman
From Long Island to Auschwitz; E.Black
Misconceptions of "Race" as a Biological Category: Then and Now; T.M.Duello
Mad, Bad, or Evil: How Physician Healers Turn to Torture and Murder; M.A.Grodin
Genetic Diversity Has Prevailed, Not The Master Race; F.Murad
PART II: MEDICINE AFTER THE HOLOCAUST
Genetics and Eugenics: A Personal Odyssey; J.D.Watson
The Stain of Silence: Nazi ethics and Bioethics; A.L.Caplan
The Legacy of the Nuremberg Doctors' Trial to American Bioethics and Human Rights; G.J.Annas
A More Perfect Human: The Promise and Peril of Modern Science; L.R.Kass
What Does 'Medicine After The Holocaust' Have To Do With Aid in Dying?; K.L.Tucker
Is Physician-Assisted Suicide Ever Permissible?; W.J.Smith
Cinematic Perspectives on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide; G.O.Gabbard
Science, Medicine and Religion in and after the Holocaust; J.M.Haas
Why Science and Religion Need to Cooperate to Prevent a Recurrence of the Holocaust; I.Greenberg
The Status of the Relationship Between the Citizen and the Government; W.Connerly
From Nuremberg to the Human Genome: The Rights of Participants in Human Research; H.T.Greely
Medical Professionalism: Lessons from the Holocaust; J.J.Cohen
Assessing Risk in Patient Care; G.P.Noon
Jewish Medical Ethics and Risky Treatments; A.Steinberg
Afterword; M.E.DeBakey

GEORGE J. ANNAS
EDWIN BLACK
ARTHUR L. CAPLAN
JORDAN J. COHEN
FRANCIS S. COLLINS
WARD CONNERLY
MICHAEL E. DEBAKEY
THERESA M. DUELLO
GLEN O. GABBARD
HENRY T. GREELY
IRVING GREENBERG
MICHAEL A. GRODIN
JOHN M. HAAS
LEON R. KASS
FERID MURAD
GEORGE PAUL NOON
EDMUND D. PELLEGRINO
VOLKER ROELCKE
WILLIAM SEIDELMAN
WESLEY J. SMITH
AVRAHAM STEINBERG
KATHRYN L. TUCKER
JAMES D. WATSON

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"Thought-provoking, even in areas well-trod in recent scholarship. Recommended." - CHOICE "A timely and important tribute to all the human guinea pigs, and a stirring lesson to the conscience of the world to neveruse a person in experiments without informed consent." - Eva Mozes Kor, Survivor of the deadly experiments of Josef Mengele, the "Angel of Death""Medicine After The Holocaust is a book brimming with wisdom. It stretches your mind - with an infinite array of tangible examples and superbly reasoned arguments - as it stretches your heart. Whether you are a physician or not, you read this book and you want to be a better person." - Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, Author of Jewish Literacy and A Code of Jewish Ethics: two volumes, You Shall Be Holy and Love Your Neighbor as Yourself"This book offers important insights into the enduring question: how were doctors and medical personnel who were trained to heal and save lives able to become such an integral part of the murder process in Nazi Germany.Theprominent physicians and scientistswho contributed to this bookforce us to once againtograpple with difficult issues. Both those from the healing arts and those from outside of them will find themselves challenged by these essays." - Deborah E. Lipstadt, Ph.D., Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies, EmoryUniversity"This is a stunning book. Quietly, it sets forth alarming accounts, and makes a steadily building argument. It brings a kind of awakening." - Michael Novak, internationally knowntheologian, author, and winner of the Templeton Prize in 1994
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