Saturday 18 December 2010

Exhibition shows us why we can never be complacent about the threat of medicalised killing

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has created an exhibition on medicalised killings under the Nazis and the exhibition is currently travelling to different American cities. A report on the exhibition by American Medical News says:
"The misguided scientific ideas of physicians and scientists were integral to Nazis' crimes against humanity and should serve as a reminder to doctors to put patients before political ideology ... As evil as these actions appear in retrospect, they arose out of a highly sophisticated German medical culture, said Matthew K. Wynia, MD, MPH ... More than half of the Nobel Prizes that were awarded in science through the 1930s went to Germans ... 'If we divorce ourselves from them or view them as entirely alien, then our ability to understand these medical crimes is thwarted, as well as is our ability to prevent other medical crimes,' Dr. Wynia said. 'These doctors became killers, not despite their training but in the name of their science and training' ... [I]t is so important for doctors to maintain their professionalism in the face of political and other pressures ... 'This is not just Jewish history,' Dr. Wynia said. 'All doctors and medical professionals need to know and understand this material.'"
I have blogged before on the significance for the pro-life/pro-family of understanding both Nazi medicine and the pro-abortion and pro-contraception culture rampant in Germany leading up to the Third Reich. I therefore heartily recommend all my readers to view the exhibition online.

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