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The Medicalization of Murder: The Euthanasia Programs

Part I: The Children's Euthanasia Program

Part II: Adult Euthanasia: The T-4 Killing Program

Part III: "Wild" Euthanasia

Dr. Susan C. Benedict, CRNA, PhD, FAAN is Professor of Nursing, Director of Global Health, Department Chair at University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston School of Nursing, along with her role as Co-Director of the Campus-Wide Program in Interprofessional Ethics.


  1. To identify the major historical factors leading to the children’s euthanasia program

  2. To describe the major beliefs of the German people and the German culture consistent with the development of the children’s euthanasia program

  3. To specifically appraise the roles of physicians and nurses in these killings

  4. To analyze the connections between the killing of disabled children and the application of racial hygiene policy

  5. To identify your feelings and thoughts about the value of the individual and society’s responsibility to protect vulnerable groups

  6. To discuss the relevancy of this module to contemporary practice

The Medicalization of Murder_Euthanasia Programs
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Killing While Caring: Nursing in the Nazi “Euthanasia” Program
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Euthanasia in Germany
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