The Nazi War on Cancer
Collaboration in the Holocaust. Murderous and torturous medical experiments. The "euthanasia" of hundreds of thousands of people with mental or physical disabilities. Widespread sterilization of "the unfit." Nazi doctors committed these and countless other atrocities as part of Hitler's warped quest to create a German master race. Robert Proctor recently made the explosive discovery, however, that Nazi Germany was also decades ahead of other countries in promoting health reforms that we today regard as progressive and socially responsible. Most startling, Nazi scientists were the first to definitively link lung cancer and cigarette smoking. Proctor explores the controversial and troubling questions that such findings raise: Were the Nazis more complex morally than we thought? Can good science come from an evil regime? What might this reveal about health activism in our own society? Proctor argues that we must view Hitler's Germany more subtly than we have in the past. But he also concludes that the Nazis' forward-looking health activism ultimately came from the same twisted root as their medical crimes: the ideal of a sanitary racial utopia reserved exclusively for pure and healthy Germans.
Author of an earlier groundbreaking work on Nazi medical horrors, Proctor began this book after discovering documents showing that the Nazis conducted the most aggressive antismoking campaign in modern history. Further research revealed that Hitler's government passed a wide range of public health measures, including restrictions on asbestos, radiation, pesticides, and food dyes. Nazi health officials introduced strict occupational health and safety standards, and promoted such foods as whole-grain bread and soybeans. These policies went hand in hand with health propaganda that, for example, idealized the Führer's body and his nonsmoking, vegetarian lifestyle. Proctor shows that cancer also became an important social metaphor, as the Nazis portrayed Jews and other "enemies of the Volk" as tumors that must be eliminated from the German body politic.
This is a disturbing and profoundly important book. It is only by appreciating the connections between the "normal" and the "monstrous" aspects of Nazi science and policy, Proctor reveals, that we can fully understand not just the horror of fascism, but also its deep and seductive appeal even to otherwise right-thinking Germans.
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Thirty-eight of the largest U.S. billionaires joined the initiative of the founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates and Warren Buffet financial guru, to donate at least half of their fortunes, which together are around 230,000 million. The founder of CNN, Ted Turner, filmmaker George Lucas and the hotelier Barron Hilton, the list
Thirty-eight of the largest U.S. billionaires have joined the initiative of the founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates and Warren Buffet financial guru, to donate at least half of their fortunes, which together are around 230,000 million, officials said Wednesday the proposal.
Among the tycoons who have accepted the challenge are the mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, and the co-founder of Oracle, Larry Ellison, and the media executive Barry Diller and CNN founder Ted Turner.
The list also includes the likes of George Lucas, energy tycoon T. Boone Pickens, the hotelier Barron Hilton and David Rockefeller.
Gates and Buffett, who Forbes magazine considered two of the world's richest men with a net set of 90,000 million dollars, last month launched the initiative "The Giving Pledge" ("The commitment to donate" to the to convince the country of billionaires who devote their wealth to philanthropy.
"We just started and we've gotten a terrific response," Buffett said in a statement, owner and financial holding company Berkshire Hathaway known as the "Oracle of Omaha" for his ability to predict the performance of markets.
In addition to asking for money, Gates and Buffet also asked who would accept his challenge exhibited in a letter the reasons why they decided to donate most of their wealth.
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TRIUMPHS OF THE INTELLECT
THE NUMBER ONE ENEMY OF THE STATE
ERWIN LIEK AND THE IDEOLOGY OF PREVENTION
EARLY DETECTION AND MASS SCREENING
The Gleichschaltung of German Cancer Research
THE FATES OF JEWISH SCIENTISTS
REGISTRIES AND MEDICAL SURVEILLANCE
IDEOLOGY AND REALITY
The Campaign against Tobacco
MAKING THE CANCER CONNECTION
THE DOCTOR MOST HATED BY THE TOBACCO INDUSTRY
NAZI MEDICAL MORALISM
THE FORGOTTEN FATHER OF EXPERIMENTAL EPIDEMIOLOGY
MOVING INTO ACTION
THE RHETORIC OF CANCER RESEARCH
ROMANCING NATURE AND THE QUESTION OF CANCERS INCREASE
Genetic and Racial Theories
SELECTION AND STERILIZATION
HEALTH AND WORK IN THE REICH
XRAYS AND RADIATION MARTYRS
RADIUM AND URANIUM
ARSENIC CHROMIUM QUARTZ AND OTHER KINDS OF DUSTS
THE FUNERAL DRESS OF KINGS ASBESTOS
CHEMICAL INDUSTRY CANCERS
The Nazi Diet
RESISTING THE ARTIFICIAL LIFE
MEAT VERSUS VEGETABLES
THE FŪHRERS FOOD
THE CAMPAIGN AGAINST ALCOHOL
PERFORMANCEENHANCING FOODS AND DRUGS
FOODS FOR FIGHTING CANCER
BANNING BUTTER YELLOW
KARL ASTELS INSTITUTE FOR TOBACCO HAZARDS RESEARCH
GESUNDHEIT UBER ALLES
REEMTSMAS FORBIDDEN FRUIT
The Monstrous and the Prosaic
THE SCIENCE QUESTION UNDER FASCISM
BlOWARFARE RESEARCH IN DlSGUISE
DID NAZI POLICY PREVENT SOME CANCERS?
PLAYING THE NAZI CARD
Is NAZI CANCER RESEARCH TAINTED?
THE FLIP SIDE OF FASCISM