The Nazi doctors: medical killing and the psychology of genocide

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Basic Books, 1986 - Political Science - 561 pages
This book explores the psychological conditions that promote the human potential for evil, relating medical killing to broader principles of doubling and genocide

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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's books include "The Nazi Doctors, Death in Life: Survivors of Hiroshima" (winner of a National Book Award), and "Destroying the World to Save It." He is the director of the Center on Violence and Human Survival at John Jay College and also teaches at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

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