Doctors of Infamy; The Story of the Nazi Medical Crimes.
by MITSCHERLICH, Alexander (1908-1982).
New York:: Henry Schuman, 1949., 1949. 8vo. xxxix, , 172 pp. 16 photographs, index. Gray black-stamped cloth, dust-jacket; jacket worn. Very good. The rare dust-jacket suggests a more-sensationalist text than is found. Introduction by Andrew Conway Ivy (1893-1978); translated by Heinz Norden (1905-1978). Albert Deutsch (1905-1965) contributes an essay on medical ethics. A straightforward narrative on the principle principal war crimes trials of notorious Nazi physicians and medical researchers who used concentration camp inmates and prisoners-of-war for experimentation. At the end of the Second World War evidence of criminal and murderous behavior by Nazi physicians and scientists was presented at the Nuremberg trials. A key defense strategy employed by accused Nazis was that "they could not have violated standards for the ethical conduct of research, since no such standards existed." The international jurists presiding over the trials then urged that specific ethical codes of conduct be created for scientific research. The result was the Nuremberg Codes, which attempted to present a broad set of carefully articulated universal rules to guide research. Ethical research went from being an independent free-for-all to a top-down paradigm of mandated behavior. The Codes represented the first steps toward current concepts of informed consent. - Simmerling, M., Schwegler, B., Sieber, J. E., & Lindgren, J. "Introducing a new paradigm for ethical research in the social, behavioral, and biomedical sciences: part I." Northwestern University Law Review, 10(2), 837-859), 2007. The photographs include autopsy results, and images of prisoners being subjected to high altitude experiments that caused their deaths. The rare dust-jacket suggests a more-sensationalist text than is found.
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