Medicine after the Holocaust: From the Master Race to the Human Genome and Beyond

Paperback | December 15, 2009

EditorSheldon Rubenfeld

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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 can be certain that they will not do the same.

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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 Ge...

Sheldon Rubenfeld, M.D.Dr. Sheldon Rubenfeld is a clinical professor of general medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. He has authored two editions of Could It Be My Thyroid? and multiple scientific papers. Dr. Rubenfeld has been in private practice for 31 years, specializing in diseases of the thyroid gland and was selected by his p...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.54 inPublished:December 15, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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

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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 never use 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. The prominent physicians and scientists who contributed to this book force us to once again to grapple 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, Emory University“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 known theologian, author, and winner of the Templeton Prize in 1994