The Evolution of Medical Ethics

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There were many doctors who participated in the Nazi medical experiments, though few were ever brought to trial. The six doctors on this page committed some of the most atrocious acts during the Holocaust, however there are many more doctors who were never recognized as being a part of the experiments. Some doctors were able to transfer to other branches of medical aid if they excessively objected to the medical experiments. Also, the Nazis often recruited young doctors who had not quite finished their studies to serve and finish their medical training to the experimental field.

The interesting thing about these doctors is not necessarily what they did, but how they lived and justified the atrocities that they had committed. Additionally, all of the trained doctors should have taken the Oath of Hippocrates, so it is interesting to imagine what they might say in order to justify their clear violation of the oath.

The Doctors on Trial