Genetics

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.

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Germany Grapples with Its African Genocide

Tens of thousands of Namibians were killed in what historians call the 20th century’s first genocide, and Germany is finally close to recognizing it as such.

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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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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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Harvard’s Eugenics Era

Thank you to CMATH Champion Jaime Romanowsky for pointing out the article with the above title published in the March-April 2016 issue of Harvard Magazine.

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Human Biodiversity and Eugenics

Is human biodiversity a modern term for eugenics?

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