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70th Anniversary of the Doctors’ Trial—History of Nuremberg Code

Posted by Diane Merrill on August 29, 2016

This article discusses the Nazi Euthanasia program, as well as abuses in medical experiments including the use of “decompression chambers, iatrogenic wounds and infections to test antibiotics, hypothermia, seawater infusions, and starvation” with fatal results for subjects. The subsequent Doctors’ Trial, set up to prosecute members of the medical profession for these heinous acts, is instructive for physicians today. Raul Artal, MD, Professor and Chair Emeritus, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health, Saint Louis University School of Medicine, and Sheldon Rubenfeld, MD, Clinical Professor of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine argue that we must remain ever vigilant in order to detect the repetition of history and to safeguard medical ethics today.

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