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The Nazi doctors : medical killing and the psychology of genocide / Robert Jay Lifton.

By: Lifton, Robert Jay, 1926-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Basic Books, c1986Description: xiii, 561 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0465049044; 9780465049042.Subject(s): Human experimentation in medicine -- Germany -- Psychological aspects | Medical scientists -- Germany -- Psychology | Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Germany -- Psychological aspects | World War, 1939-1945 -- Atrocities -- Psychological aspects | Geschichte | Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) Psychological aspects Germany | Human experimentation in medicine Psychological aspects Germany | Medical scientists Psychology Germany | World War, 1939-1945 Atrocities Psychological aspectsAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Nazi doctors.; Online version:: Nazi doctors.DDC classification: 940.54/05 Other classification: 15.70
Contents:
Sterilization and the Nazi biomedical vision -- Euthanasia : direct medical killing -- Resistance to direct medical killing -- Wild euthanasia : the doctors take over -- Participants -- Bringing euthanasia to the camps : action special treatment -- Auschwitz institution -- Selections on the ramp -- Selections in the camp -- Socialization to killing -- Prisoner doctors : the agony of selections -- Prisoner doctors : struggles to heal -- Prisoner doctors : collaboration with Nazi doctors -- Killing with syringes : phenol injections -- Experimental impulse -- Human being in an SS uniform : Ernst B. -- Dr. Auschwitz : Josef Mengele -- Healing-killing conflict : Eduard Wirths -- Doubling : the Faustian bargain -- Auschwitz self : psychological themes in doubling -- Genocide.
Summary: An analysis of the psychological forces behind the transformation of Nazi doctors into mass murderers in Auschwitz and other "death camps."
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [507]-539) and index.

An analysis of the psychological forces behind the transformation of Nazi doctors into mass murderers in Auschwitz and other "death camps."

Sterilization and the Nazi biomedical vision -- Euthanasia : direct medical killing -- Resistance to direct medical killing -- Wild euthanasia : the doctors take over -- Participants -- Bringing euthanasia to the camps : action special treatment -- Auschwitz institution -- Selections on the ramp -- Selections in the camp -- Socialization to killing -- Prisoner doctors : the agony of selections -- Prisoner doctors : struggles to heal -- Prisoner doctors : collaboration with Nazi doctors -- Killing with syringes : phenol injections -- Experimental impulse -- Human being in an SS uniform : Ernst B. -- Dr. Auschwitz : Josef Mengele -- Healing-killing conflict : Eduard Wirths -- Doubling : the Faustian bargain -- Auschwitz self : psychological themes in doubling -- Genocide.

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Library Journal Review

This extraordinary work analyzes the terrible, seemingly contradictory phenomenon of doctors becoming agents of mass murder. With chilling power, it limns the Nazi transmutation of values that allowed medical killing to be seen as a therapeutic healing of the body politic. Based on arresting historical scholarship and personal interviews with Nazi and prisoner doctors, the book traces the inexorable logic leading from early Nazi sterilization and euthanasia of its own citizens to mass extermination of European Jews and other ``racial undesirables.'' Ultimately the book asks how doctors rationalized being ``killer-healers.'' Lifton's responsea multifaceted evaluation of genocide, of the seductive power of Nazi ideology, and of the psychological process of ``doubling''is both profound and thought-provoking. A remarkable achievement; it is essential reading. Benny Kraut, Judaic Studies Dept., Univ. of Cincinnati (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

Lifton has continued an examination of the psychology of historical events embodying underlying moral conflicts; his previous works dealt with survivors of Hiroshima and the Vietnam War. Lifton extensively interviewed Nazi doctors, former Nazi nonmedical professionals, and former Auschwitz prisoners. He has combined the data with other available information to trace the transformation of the Nazi physicians from a humane profession into a killing bureaucracy. He examines active participants and passive resisters-both the Nazi physicians and the prisoner-physicians. Finally, Lifton applies the psychological process of ``doubling'' or ``splitting'' (as espoused by Otto Rank) to understand the psychology of the Nazi physicians in particular and genocide in general. The book is scholarly, with extensive chapter notes. Lifton integrates his thesis with existing literature in a readable form. This book is a significant contribution to the psychological understanding of the Nazi physicians and to the Faustian choices made by otherwise normal people in unusual circumstances. Recommended for advanced undergraduates and above.-P. Khanna, Memphis State University

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