Nazi Medicine and the Nuremberg Trials: From Medical War Crimes to Informed Consent First Edition Edition

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'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
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

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 Press). He is a member of the Max Planck Presidential Commission on the Kaiser Wilhelm Gesellschaft under National Socialism.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; First Edition edition (March 2, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140393911X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1403939111
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,429,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Melvin Deutsch on November 24, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The above book by PJ Weindling was given a very favorable review in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

I bought the book several months ago and have read only 185 pages so far.

Very tedious reading. Author mentions lots of names and gives loads of info about the various MDs investigated for medical war crimes. However, he tells us very little about the actual experiments conducted by these physicians and other scientists. We are told that there were experiments in high altitude physiology, cold water tolerance, and infectious diseases.No details about the experiments are presented , at least in the first 185 pages. Some details about the actual experiments and results would be very interesting. Other than the fact that concentration camp inmates obviously did not give consent and most likely suffered greatly from these experiments, there are few other details.

The writing style often makes it difficult to read more than a few pages at a time. Often particular phrases and words are repeated unnecessarily.

A more interesting book about Nazi doctors is "The Nazi Doctors" by Psychiatrist Robert Lifton. He actually interviewed a number of German physicians who were assigned to the concentration camps and other killing centers such as the Psychiatric hospitals.
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