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January 1948


Author Affiliations

Netherlands. Alkmaar Holland, Wilhelminalaan 8.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1948;81(1):109-110. doi:10.1001/archinte.1948.00220190117009

To the Editor:  —In the January 1947 number of the Archives is published an article by Major Edgar Wayburn, entitled "Immersion Hypothermia." In it a citation is made which I believe should not pass without comment. I refer to the discussion, on page 90, of the results claimed by Germans who experimented on their prisoners in concentration camps. It is now generally known that such experiments were done and that the most horrible crimes in this respect were committed. It has been a matter of discussion in some quarters whether the results obtained in such a way should be discarded or eventually made use of. My personal opinion is that nothing can be gained by suppressing really valuable scientific knowledge because it has been acquired in a criminal way. The suffering of the victims cannot be alleviated by our refusing to acknowledge the scientific data which their misery may

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