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July 14, 1999

GenocideMurderous Science: Elimination by Scientific Selection of Jews, Gypsies, and Others in Germany, 1933-1945

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Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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by Benno Müller-Hill, translated by George R. Fraser, 256 pp, paper, $29, ISBN 0-87969-531-5, Plainview, NY, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, 1998.

JAMA. 1999;282(2):195-196. doi:10.1001/jama.282.2.195-JBK0714-2-1

One to destroy, is murder by the law; And gibbets keep the lifted hand in awe; To murder thousands takes a specious name, War's glorious art, and gives immortal fame. Edward Young

Murderous Science addresses events that led to the extermination of "elements" that the Nazis felt were genetically undesirable. Although the planned annihilation included the physically handicapped, mentally deficient, political dissidents, homosexuals, and Gypsies, the uncompromising target of elimination was the Jewish population of the world.

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