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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This is a new take on the Holocaust. The thesis is that the policy of the "final solution" was evolutionary, growing out of prior programs, such as euthanasia. A haunting phrase is used to describe ... Read full review

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It is not commonly appreciated that doctors were instrumental in the Shoah; the Nazis were terrorists who perverted the medical professional as they did every apparatus of a modern industrial state ... Read full review


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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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