Curricula

Teaching about the Holocaust: Influencing How Generations Will Learn from the Past by Medical Student William Porter

The Healing by Killing: Medicine During the Third Reich elective taught at Baylor College of Medicine presents the Holocaust as the end-stage of a gradual, inexorable, and murderous public health policy. As medical student William Porter learned more about the central and indispensable role of medicine in the design and implementation of the Holocaust, he was "astounded by how many of the ideas we explored were completely new to me." He wonders, "How can we hope to learn anything from the atrocities of the Holocaust if we refuse to see the Nazis as human beings just like us? "

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Eugenics: Science as Morality by Medical Student Zane Foster

While enrolled in Healing by Killing: Medicine During the Third Reich, Zane Foster reflected upon eugenics in the early twentieth century and today, asking, "Why was it accepted then, yet so abhorrent now? I seriously questioned this myself throughout this term of medical school. I decided it came down to a combination of two major factors: the culture of science and the culture of the times."

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The Making of a Modern Frankenstein by Medical Student Monika Pyarali

While Monika Pyarali was enrolled in Healing by Killing: Medicine During the Third Reich, she reflected upon Nazi medical experiments, her undergraduate neuroscience research, and a 2015 proposal for a head transplant.

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Euthanasia, abortion, & the death penalty by medical student Jessica Tran

After learning about the Nazi "euthanasia" programs in my Healing by Killing: Medicine During the Third Reich elective, this medical student "began to see links between what was considered medicine in the Third Reich period and our current ideas and acceptance of abortion and the death penalty."

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The influence of healthcare policy on patient care by medical student Maya Firsowicz

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A Baylor College of Medicine student wonders if our current culture and healthcare policies leads to physician behavior that is "not in the best interests of patients."

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Personal Prejudices in medicine by medical student Katherine French

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A Baylor College of Medicine student acknowledges that each student brings their prejudices with them when they enter the medical profession. Failing to acknowledge and confront personal prejudices could have a detrimental effect on patient care as was the case in the Third Reich.

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