Ethical Problems Encountered by Auschwitz Prisoner Doctors

  • Claude Romney


When one talks about physicians and ethical problems in the Nazi concentration camps, the subject usually refers to the violation by the SS doctors of the Hippocratic oath they had taken at the end of their medical studies, their cruel treatment of prisoners, the infamous pseudo-scientific experiments they subjected them to, and the ruthless way they selected millions of innocent people and sent them to their deaths. Indeed, at the Nuremberg medical trial which took place from December 1946 to July 1947,1 twenty Nazi physicians were judged, seven of whom were sentenced to death for their crimes. The trial resulted in what has become known as the Nuremberg Code which outlines certain ethical principles to be respected by the medical profession and which has been termed ‘the most important document in the history of ethics of medical research’.2


Ethical Problem Concentration Camp Hippocratic Oath Nuremberg Code Camp Hospital 
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