Nazi Medicine And The Nuremberg Trials: From Medical War Crimes To Informed Consent

Paperback | December 12, 2006

byPaul Julian Weindling

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This book offers a radically new and definitive reappraisal of Allied responses to Nazi human experiments and the origins of informed consent. It places the victims and Allied Medical Intelligence officers at centre stage, while providing a full reconstruction of policies on war crimes and trials related to Nazi medical atrocities and genocide. The analysis of the Medical Trial considers the prosecution, defense, judges and observers to present a rounded picture of the court and its context, and the aftermath in terms of Cold War politics, compensation and research ethics.

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This book offers a radically new and definitive reappraisal of Allied responses to Nazi human experiments and the origins of informed consent. It places the victims and Allied Medical Intelligence officers at centre stage, while providing a full reconstruction of policies on war crimes and trials related to Nazi medical atrocities and ...

PAUL JULIAN WEINDLING is Wellcome Trust Research Professor in the History of Medicine at the Department of History, Oxford Brookes University, UK. He is the author of Health, Race and German Politics between National Unification and Nazism (Cambridge University Press) and Epidemics and Genocide in Eastern Europe (Oxford University Pre...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 8.51 × 5.46 × 1.06 inPublished:December 12, 2006Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023050700X

ISBN - 13:9780230507005

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Table of Contents

Abbreviations * Acknowledgements * List of lIlustrations * Introduction * PART ONE: EXHUMING NAZI MEDICINE * The Rabbits Protest * Allied Experiments * Criminal Research * Exploitation * Aviation Atrocities * PART TWO: MEDICINE ON TRIAL * From the International to Zonal Trials * Pseudo-science and Psychopaths * The Nuremberg Vortex * Internationalism and Interrogations * Science in Behemoth: The Human Experiments * The Medical Delegation * A Eugenics Trial? * Euthanasia * Experiments and Ethics * Formulating the Code * PART THREE: AFTERMATH * Cold War Medicine * A Fragile Legacy * Tables * Bibliography, Archives, Interviews * Index

Editorial Reviews

'Prodigiously researched...the book offers valuable insights into the dynamics of the Trial and, more generally, the vulnerability of ethics to the demands of scientific progress.' - Social History of Medicine'A masterly volume' - The Lancet'Is there anything left to say about the trial of the Nazi doctors at Nuremberg? Weindling's book provides abundant proof that there is. Indeed, there is so much new information in this book, almost all of it derived from primary sources, that the history of this pivotal moment in the ethics of research with human subjects seems to have been reborn with its publication. Not a page is wasted in this packed, efficiently narrated account. Weindling delivers surprise after surprise, correcting and redirecting the accumulated impression we have inherited of what the Nazi doctors did, why they did it, and how the doctors were judged. Few readers will finish the book with their preconceptions intact. ' - Daniel Wikler, Harvard School of Public Health'A multifaceted account of the Nuremberg Medical Trial, one that combines a number of theoretical perspectives and is receptive to both the historical context and the personal narrative of those involved. The book is cogently argued and presents a thoroughly informed analysis of the relationship between German medicine, on one hand, and Nazi racial and social policies during the Second World War, on the other.' - Journal of the History of Medicine and the Allied Sciences'Nazi Medicine and the Nuremberg Trials provides ample evidence of what can happen, even in a developed country, when democratic norms and institutions are subverted.' - Journal of the American Medical Association