Human Experimentation by the Nazis Analytical Essay by scribbler

Human Experimentation by the Nazis
Looks at the ethical claims of the Nazi doctors to justify their human experimentation in the Nazi concentration camps.
# 152742 | 2,645 words | 5 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on Apr 25, 2013 in Medical and Health (General) , Ethics (General) , Holocaust Studies (General)

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This paper explains that, while all of the aspects of the Holocaust were horrendous, perhaps the most horrific elements of the Holocaust came to light after the end of World War II, when the global community became aware of the extent of the medical experimentation conducted by Nazi doctors on Jews in concentration camps. Next, the author relates the types of human experimentation and the Nazis' attempt to justify them. The paper underscores that the trial of the Nazi doctors led to the development of the Nuremberg Code governing the treatment of human subjects in experiments, proving that the world disagrees with the Nazi doctors' defense that they were legally, medically and morally right.

Table of Contents:
Legally Correct
Medically Necessary
Morally Right

From the Paper:

"It is important to consider that genetic superiority was a huge part of the Nazi moral code. Therefore, experiments aimed at strengthening Aryan genetics would have been considered morally necessary by the Nazis. To this end, it is important to keep in mind that, while Jews may have been the Nazi's primary target, they were far from their only target. The Nazis infamously targeted the disabled for extermination and experimentation. They wanted to help determine the cause of birth defects, in order to prevent birth defects in the so-called "Master" race. They also wanted to determine the effects of birth defects, to determine how they impacted the people suffering from them. Therefore, Nazi doctors took the position that this experimentation was morally correct, because it might help them perfect the master race.
"However, while the Nazis may have been able to provide legitimate reasons for engaging in their experiments, it is important to recall that these experiments, generally, involved a tremendous amount of human suffering. For example, the Nazis put victims in vacuum chambers to study the impact of the vacuum on the human body. The pain was apparently extremely excruciating. The victims would "beat the walls with their hands and head and scream in an effort to relieve pressure on their eardrums."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Freyhofer, Horst H. 2004. Nuremberg Medical Trial. American Public University System. (accessed July 25, 2010).
  • Lifton, Robert Jay. 1986. The Nazi Doctors. New York: Basic Books.
  • Mellanby, Kenneth O.B.E., Sc. D. January 25, 1947. "Medical experiments on human beings in concentration camps in Nazi Germany." British Medical Journal. (accessed July 25, 2010).
  • Pasternak, Alfred. 2006. Inhuman research: medical experiments in German concentration camps. American Public Unversity System. (accessed July 25, 2010).
  • Shuster, Evelyne, Ph. D. November 13, 1997. "Fifty Years Later: The Significance of the Nuremberg Code." New England Journal of Medicine. (accessed July 25, 2010).

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