Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
by Robert N. Proctor, 380 pp, with illus, $29.95, ISBN 0-691-00196-0, Princeton, NJ, Princeton University Press, 1999.
As the last survivors and Nazi perpetrators of the Holocaust enter their twilight years, the importance of addressing fundamental questions increases, including this familiar and recurring one: how could a nation, recognized globally as the epitome of civilized society, scientific and industrial ingenuity, and educational progress, have been so misled by demagogues to carry out what are arguably the most heinous crimes against humanity ever recorded? Although this question will likely need to be addressed anew in every generation, part of the answer for our generation lies in The Nazi War on Cancer, a readable and well-referenced book that appears to be a work of public health history but is really much more.
HistoryThe Nazi War on Cancer. JAMA. 2000;283(11):1487-1488. doi:10.1001/jama.283.11.1487-JBK0315-3-1