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The Holocaust, Medicine, and Becoming a Physician: The Crucial Role of Education

Reis SP, Wald HS, Weindling P. The Holocaust, medicine and becoming a physician: the crucial role of education. Isr J Health Policy Res. 2019 Jun 27;8(1):55. doi: 10.1186/s13584-019-0327-3. PMID: 31248455; PMCID: PMC6595548.


Abstract


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?...



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