Student Perspectives

Fear God Alone, a poem by medical student Andrea Gerberding

This brief poem highlights a recurring historical problem in an individual's and a nation's life: Who is in charge?

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly by medical student Varun Bora

Although I chose the title of this post, Baylor College of Medicine medical student Varun Bora wrote about the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly medicine delivered by Nazi physicians. While we may be reluctant to accept this fact, the Nazi doctors were almost certainly the best in the world at the time, trained in the scientific educational method that was adopted by American medical schools. As stated in the essay, ".....in the educational setting and as a community as a whole, we should make it a priority to study both the good and bad of these physicians."

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Genetics and Modern Eugenics by medical student Amanda Broderick

The first- and second-year medical students taking the Healing by Killing: Medicine During the Third Reich elective at Baylor College of Medicine quickly realize the moral hazards of both eugenics and medical genetics, a field that was consciously created by American eugenicists after "eugenics" was discredited by knowledge of the indispensable contributions of physicians to the design and implementation of the Holocaust. Amanda Broderick offers her take on genetics and modern eugenics.

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Operation Paperclip, an essay by medical student Elizabeth Adams

Medical students taking my Healing by Killing: Medicine During the Third Reich elective often are uncomfortable with the moral compromises made by the US government after WWII in regards to the treatment of German scientists in general and physicians in particular. Here is one student's view of Operation Paperclip, which brought approximately 1600 German scientists to the United States.

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A Medical Student’s Personal Reflections on Eugenics by Zach Solomon

In my Healing by Killing: Medicine During the Third Reich elective at Baylor College of Medicine, first and second year medical students must write a paper on a topic of their choosing stimulated by the material they've studied in the course. Here is a poignant and powerful paper by Zachary Solomon

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The Selective Memory of Bioethics by C. Cody Miller

Reflecting upon Nazi bioethical justifications for involuntary sterilization and euthanasia, for murderous medical experiments and, ultimately, the Holocaust, a second year medical student examines the response of the American bioethics community to these events.

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