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April 26, 1995

Cleansing the Fatherland: Nazi Medicine and Racial Hygiene

Author Affiliations

Pennsylvania State University University Park Hamburger Institut für Sozialforschung Hamburg, Germany


by Götz Aly, Peter Chroust, and Christian Pross, 295 pp, with illus, $48.50, ISBN 0-8018-4775-3, paper, $16.95, ISBN 0-8018-4824-5, Baltimore, Md, The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994.

JAMA. 1995;273(16):1306. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03520400076054

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Between 1940 and 1945, German physicians, orderlies, and nurses deliberately killed about 200 000 of their patients in an effort to eliminate "lives unworthy of living" from German hospitals. Victims of the operation included most of the nation's severely mentally ill and physically handicapped, but also many epileptics, sick foreign workers, maladjusted adolescents, sufferers from shell shock, and perhaps even some of the war-wounded soldiers returning from the eastern front.

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