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  • Paperback
  • 466 pages
  • Racial Hygiene: Medicine Under the Nazis
  • Robert N. Proctor
  • English
  • 11 July 2014
  • 9780674745780

6 thoughts on “Racial Hygiene: Medicine Under the Nazis

  1. Brett C Brett C says:

    This was a well documented and researched narrative on a controversial subject This book gives the origins of racial hygiene starting with the German take on societal values genetics roles of women family dynamics etc and the eventual rise of Nazi fueled antisemitism This book covers it all from the beginning of geneticsracial hygiene and moving into using these racial parameters to establish discriminatory guidelines Eventually this course of action evolved into euthanasia the Nuremberg Laws and lastly the cleansing operations of the Final Solution to the Jewish uestion This was a great book that presented the information in a non biased way Overall I felt is was fairly easy to read and comprehend Recommended for pre WWII Nazi Germany studies Thanks


  2. Beth Haynes Beth Haynes says:

    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 statement was this in fact one of the conclusions That search led me to this bookThis book is as disturbing as it is importantHere are several key take away points from the book1 The eugenics movement began before Hitler took power and was a world wide movement2 The individuals involved in the euthanasia read murder of lives not worth living were never ordered to kill their patients They were simply empowered to do so3 The euthanasia program of institutionalized mentally ill and severely handicapped individuals was justified on economic grounds and was clearly the gateway to the mass murdering of the Holocaust4 The beginning of the program was relatively innocuous and included the simple registration of the severely mentally ill and deformed or malformed infants5 The murders were justified as acts of mercy and kindness as well as necessary for the good of the nationThe author argues and strongly defends that medicine was not just co opted and perverted by the political regime of the Nazis but that it was a mutually reinforcing process In fact the ideological structure we associate with National Socialism was deeply embedded in the philosophy and institutional structure of German biomedical science long before the beginning of the euthanasia program in 1939 and to a certain extent before 1933The author also explores the wider theme of the interconnection between science and politics how they interact to influence each other Anti Semitism was medicalized and given greater credence by the association with science This raises concern broader than today's push for the rationalization of the practice of medicine via government sponsored comparative effectiveness research and best practices It also brings into uestion the forces driving environmental and climate science How much have political and ideological beliefs shaped the results of research in those areas At the time German doctors and scientists were unaware of the distorting effects politics and racism had in their scientific conclusions What similar distortions are present in present day science to which we are eually blind This is an area of history it is essential for us to understand especially as the connections between governmentmedicine and science continue to grow


  3. Chris Chris says:

    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 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 been less repetitive and a bit streamlined it would have been a peppier read


  4. Tara Olewnik dunn Tara Olewnik dunn says:

    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


  5. Matt Matt says:

    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


  6. Dave Clark Dave Clark says:

    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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Racial Hygiene: Medicine Under the Nazis[PDF / Epub] ☂ Racial Hygiene: Medicine Under the Nazis Author Robert N. Proctor – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk 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 Scholars exploring Medicine Under PDF Å 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 Racial Hygiene: ePUB í 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 Hygiene: Medicine Under Epub Ù 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 policyThe book presents the most comprehensive account to date of German medical involvement in the sterilization and castration laws the laws banning marriage between Jews and non Jews and the massive program to destroy lives not worth living The study traces attempts on the part of doctors to conceive of the Jewish problem as a medical problem and how medical journals openly discussed the need to find a final solution to Germany's Jewish and gypsy problemsProctor makes us aware that such thinking was not uniue to Germany The social Darwinism of the late nineteenth century in America and Europe gave rise to theories of racial hygiene that were embraced by enthusiasts of various nationalities in the hope of breeding a better healthier stronger race of people Proctor also presents an account of the organic health movement that flourished under the Nazis including campaigns to reduce smoking and drinking and efforts to reuire bakeries to produce whole grain bread A separate chapter is devoted to the emergence of a resistance movement among doctors in the Association of Socialist Physicians The book is based on a close analysis of contemporary documents including German state archives and than two hundred medical journals published during the periodProctor has set out not merely to tell a story but also to urge reflection on what might be called the political philosophy of science how movements that shape the policies of nations can also shape the structure and priorities of science The broad implications of this book make it of conseuence not only to historians physicians and people concerned with the history and philosophy of science but also to those interested in science policy and medical ethics.


About the Author: Robert N. Proctor

American historian Medicine Under PDF Å of science and Professor of the History of Science at Stanford UniversityWhile a professor of the history of science at the University of Pennsylvania in he became the Racial Hygiene: ePUB í first historian to testify against the tobacco industry.