From Library Journal
Despite a significant body of writing on medical science and dogma under National Socialism (e.g., Alan Beyerchen's Scientists Under Hitler , LJ 10/1/77, and Robert Jay Lifton's The Nazi Doctors , LJ 9/15/86), this book provides depth and perspective on a historical period that still must be studied. Proctor (New School for Social Research) gives a rich explanation of the interaction of culture, politics, and science that engages and alerts the reader. Though Proctor is too good a historian to indulge in moralistic judgments, his careful research seduces the reader into doing so. If one accepted Aryan supremacy, Proctor shows how decisions, such as the Nuremberg Race Laws of 1935, became eminently rational. Proctor reveals a superb knowledge of the proliferation of medical literature under National Socialism. A work of stature and significance belonging in all academic libraries.Frances Groen, McGill Univ. Medical Lib., Montreal
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Proctor's carefully argued book not only forces us to reassess the dynamics of Nazism but also challenges pervasive notions about the political neutrality and objective value of science and the moral innocence of scientists...[A] provocative study. (Mary Nolan New York Times Book Review
A chilling indictment of the pre-war German scientific community which legitimized Nazi racial theories. (Jewish Chronicle
It is a deeply disturbing book, concerned as it is with how fine scientific minds, many of which were at least formally committed to the practice of healing, not only "sold themselves to the devil" but, through their own theoretical musings and prejudice-tinctured social concerns, anticipated his arrival. It is an at times passionate exegesis on how "value-free" science is a disingenuous contradiction in terms and, more important, on how people who believe in so chimerical an enterprise could and can contribute to social pathology...The lessons for our own age are baldly obvious. (Robert A. Pois Science
A valuable, disturbing treatise on the darkest chapter of modern medicine. (Kirkus Reviews
The best that has been written...A well-crafted, seminal work. (Burton C. Einspruch, M.D., Journal of the American Medical Association)