The Evolution of Medical Ethics

The Experiments

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Nazi Medical Experimentation

Nazi medical experimentation occurred at the concentration camps found on this site, and were performed by a wide variety of doctors. These experiments were all condoned by Karl Brandt, the Reich Commissioner for Health and Sanitation.

The experiments fell underneath three different categories.

The first category of experiments was designed for the survival of Axis military personnel. These experiments were military-justified experiments performed on humans with purposes designed to help the army and air force. Most of these experiments were held at Dachau, many physicians at Dachau were previously from the German Air Force and the German Experimental Institution for Aviation.

The second category of experiments was designed in order to help develop and test pharmaceuticals and research the treatment of injuries and illnesses. These experiments occured in several different camps: Sachsenhausen, Dachau, Natzweiler, Buchenwald, Neuengamme, and Ravensbrueck.

The third category of experiments was developed in order to determine a racial diagnosis. These experiments would fall inline with the racial and ideological tenets of the Nazi world view. They were designed to discover the differences between races, but often times these experiments were hardly justified at all.