When Medicine Went Mad

Bioethics and the Holocaust

  • Arthur L. Caplan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Testimonies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Sara Seiler Vigorito
      Pages 9-13
    3. Gisela Konopka
      Pages 15-20
  3. Medicine, Bioethics, and Nazism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Robert N. Proctor
      Pages 23-42
    3. Benno Müller-Hill
      Pages 43-52
    4. Arthur L. Caplan
      Pages 53-92
  4. The Use of Information from Nazi “Experiments”

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. Robert S. Pozos
      Pages 95-108
    3. Robert L. Berger
      Pages 109-133
    4. Jay Katz, Robert S. Pozos
      Pages 135-139
  5. Medical Killing and Euthanasia

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-171
    2. Ruth Macklin
      Pages 173-200
    3. Richard John Neuhaus
      Pages 211-230
  6. The Abuse of Medicine and the Legacy of the Holocaust

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 231-231
    2. William E. Seidelman
      Pages 271-279
    3. Nancy L. Segal
      Pages 281-299
    4. George J. Annas
      Pages 301-319
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 321-359

About this book


In When Medicine Went Mad, one of the nation's leading bioethicists-and an extraordinary panel of experts and concentration camp survivors-examine problems first raised by Nazi medical experimentation that remain difficult and relevant even today. The importance of these issues to contemporary bioethical disputes-particularly in the thorny areas of medical genetics, human experimentation, and euthanasia-are explored in detail and with sensitivity.


Religion bioethics eugenics euthanasia genetics medicine morality

Editors and affiliations

  • Arthur L. Caplan
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Biomedical EthicsUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA

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