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Book and Media Reviews
March 1, 2006

Nazi Medicine

Author Affiliations

Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 2006;295(9):1067-1072. doi:10.1001/jama.295.9.1068

He who saves one soul saves the entire world .
Talmud. Sanhedrin 37a

Reading about Nazi “medicine” after all these years still provokes a torrent of emotions. I am a vicarious survivor; only the accident of my birth in the United States rather than in one of my parents' shtetls (villages) distinguishes me from Nazi victims and survivors; I am not objective.1 I have tried to understand how the unimaginable happened.2 I have also attempted to seek a measure of justice3 by calling for the expunging of the eponym of one Nazi war criminal (Reiter)3 and the atlas of another (Pernkopf),4 to be remembered for historical purposes only in obloquy, taint, and shame.