Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
Wolfgang Weyers, a dermatopathologist in Freiburg, Germany, has performed a splendid service both for medicine and for his own specialty. He has written his inaugural dissertation (the prelude to an academic career in Germany) on the history of dermatology and dermatopathology under the Nazis. He has also placed the particular story of these fields in the broader contexts of medicine and anti-Semitism in Germany under National Socialism. These latter subjects are well known to historians of Germany—so there is no new scholarly contribution here—but may be less familiar to physicians. If so, Weyers provides important background to his history of the fate of dermatology and dermatopathology and their practitioners.
Nazi Medicine: Death of Medicine in Nazi Germany: Dermatology and Dermatopathology Under the Swastika. JAMA. 2000;283(11):1486–1487. doi:10.1001/jama.283.11.1486-JBK0315-2-1
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