The Nazi Doctors: Medical Killing and the Psychology of Genocide

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Basic Books, 2000 - History - 561 pages
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A brilliant analysis and history of the crucial role that German doctors played in Nazi genocide."This is not only one of the most important works on medical ethics yet written. It also breaks through the frontiers of historiography to provide a convincing psychological interpretation of the Third Reich and the crimes of National Socialism. No one will be able, in my view, to write perceptively about those times in the future without referring to this interpretation."--Neal Ascherson, "New York Review of Books"

"A powerful reminder not only of what happened, but of the monumental evil done by particular human beings who were trained to heal and cure."--Robert Coles, "Boston Globe"

"Must reading....The book as a whole stands without competition in the English language."--Raul Hilberg

"A monumental achievement; an awesome account of the ultimate transgression of the Hippocratic Oath; a formidable contribution to Holocaust Studies."--Francine du Plessix Gray

  

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Review: The Nazi Doctors: Medical Killing and the Psychology of Genocide

User Review  - Ana Rubio Serrano, Author - Goodreads

Startling. Extraordinary work. Lifton demostrates the Nazi doctors involvement in the mass murder. He shows their "biomedical vision", the Nazi laws, which allowed those practices. And there are interesting interviews with some perpetrators. Highly recommend. Read full review

Review: The Nazi Doctors: Medical Killing and the Psychology of Genocide

User Review  - Ana Rubio Serrano - Goodreads

Startling. Extraordinary work. Lifton demostrates the Nazi doctors involvement in the mass murder. He shows their "biomedical vision", the Nazi laws, which allowed those practices. And there are interesting interviews with some perpetrators. Highly recommend. Read full review

Contents

Sterilization and the Nazi Biomedical Vision
22
Euthanasia Direct Medical Killing
45
Resistance to Direct Medical Killing
80
Wild Euthanasia The Doctors Take Over
96
Participants
103
Bringing Euthanasia to the Camps Action Special Treatment 14f13
134
AUSCHWITZ THE RACIAL CURE
145
Introduction to Part II
147
The Experimental Impulse
269
A Human Being in an SS Uniform Ernst B
303
Dr Auschwitz Josef Mengele
337
HealingKilling Conflict Eduard Wirths
384
THE PSYCHOLOGY OF GENOCIDE
415
Introduction to Part III
417
Doubling The Faustian Bargain
418
The Auschwitz Self Psychological Themes in Doubling
430

The Auschwitz Institution
152
Selections on the Ramp
163
Selections in the Camp
180
Socialization to Killing
193
Prisoner Doctors The Agony of Selections
214
Prisoner Doctors Struggles to Heal
226
Prisoner Doctors Collaboration with Nazi Doctors
239
Killing with Syringes Phenol Injections
254
Genocide
466
Bearing Witness
501
LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS
506
NOTES
507
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
540
INDEX
545
Copyright

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Page 16 - I am a doctor and I want to preserve life. And out of respect for human life, I would remove a gangrenous appendix from a diseased body. The Jew is the gangrenous appendix in the body of mankind.

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Robert Jay Lifton is Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at John Jay College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He is also director of the Center on Violence and Human Survival. Dr. Lifton is the author of many books, including The Nazi Doctors and Death in Life: Survivors of Hiroshima, which won the National Book Award.

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