Biomedical Ethics

The Holocaust, medicine and becoming a physician: the crucial role of education

Learning about the abandonment of moral principles of healthcare professionals and scientists, their societies and academic institutions, to a murderous ideology yields fundamental concerns and global implications for present and future healthcare professionals’ education and practice. Medicine’s worst-case scenario raises deeply disturbing yet essential questions in the here and now: Could the Holocaust, one of the greatest evils ever perpetrated on humankind, have occurred without the complicity of physicians, their societies, and the scientific profession community? How did healers become killers? Can it happen again?


Webinar – The Vienna Protocol and Dealing with Human Remains from the Holocaust Era

CMATH presented an international webinar on January 29, 2018 titled The Vienna Protocol: Ethical Issues in Dealing with Human Remains from the Holocaust. This webinar reviewed recent discoveries of human remains from the Holocaust, both underground and in museums and medical schools, and the challenges of disposing of them.


Holocaust Expert and Artists Add Depth to “Baneful Medicine” Art Exhibit with Lecture and Panel Discussion on April 24 at Cooper Union

Patrons of the new art exhibit “Baneful Medicine” at Cooper Union, on show at the college’s library gallery through May 11, will be able to gain additional insight into Holocaust-era medicine and its ties to modern medical ethics through a lecture and panel discussion Tuesday, April 24, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Sheldon Rubenfeld, M.D., who will give the keynote address, is an internationally renowned Holocaust scholar and Executive Director of Center for Medicine after the Holocaust (CMATH). He is also a 1966 graduate of Cooper Union. Rubenfeld will be joined in a panel discussion by artists whose works are featured in the exhibit.


Curriculum for The Holocaust: Lessons for Medicine

Thank you to Champions Esteban González-López and Rosa Rios for adding their curriculum for The Holocaust: Lessons for Medicine to the CMATH website.


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."


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.