To the Editor.—
It now appears that two brain specimens included in an article published in the Archices in 1985 may have resulted from the murder of psychiatric patients through Nazi "euthanasia" policy and for purposes of research. We describe the known facts on the circumstances of death. This information presents ethical problems for the field, for the investigators, for the collection in which these brains are housed, and for the Archives.
The Unfolding of the Events.—
At the 1986 meeting of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, Bernhard Bogerts, MD, presented his recent findings on anatomical changes in the brain in schizophrenia based on light-microscopic examination of the brain collection at the Vogt Institute of Brain Research in Düsseldorf, West Germany. He and his colleagues had published their initial findings in the Archives. At the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology presentation, the year of death was indicated; two of the
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