Racial Hygiene: Medicine under the Nazis

TitleRacial Hygiene: Medicine under the Nazis
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1988
AuthorsProctor, Robert
Number of Pages414
PublisherHarvard University Press
CityCambridge
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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. This volume focuses on how scientists themselves participated in the construction of Nazi racial policy. The author 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—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 policy. The 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 “problems.”

URLhttps://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674745780
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