Nurses in Nazi Germany : moral choice in history / Bronwyn Rebekah McFarland-Icke.Material type: TextPublisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c1999Description: xv, 343 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0691006652 (cl. : alk. paper); 9780691006659 (cl. : alk. paper).Subject(s): Psychiatric nursing -- Moral and ethical aspects -- Germany -- History -- 20th century | Nursing ethics -- Germany -- History -- 20th century | Medical policy -- Germany -- History -- 20th century | National socialism and medicine | World War, 1939-1945 -- Atrocities | Euthanasia -- Germany -- History -- 20th century | Medical ethics -- Germany -- History -- 20th centuryDDC classification: 610.73/0943/0904 Other classification: 15.70 | 44.02
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Includes bibliographical references (p. -335) and index.
Ch. 1. Ordinary Germans revisited: nurses, psychiatry, and morality in historical context -- Ch. 2. Neither riffraff nor saints: the ambivalent professionalization of the psychiatric nurse -- Ch. 3. Educating nurses in the spirit of the times: Weimar psychiatry in theory and practice -- Ch. 4. The evasiveness of the ideal: private and professional obstacles -- Ch. 5. Cleaning house in Wittenau: 1933 and the Law for the Restoration of the Professional Civil Service -- Ch. 6. Reeducating nurses in the spirit of the times: Geisteskrankenpflege in the service of national socialism.
Ch. 7. Politics and professional life under national socialism -- Ch. 8. War, mass murder, and moral flight: psychiatric nursing, 1939-1945 -- Ch. 9. Concluding remarks.
"This book tells the story of German nurses who, directly or indirectly, participated in the Nazis' "euthanasia" measures against patients with mental and physical disabilities, measures that claimed well over 100,000 victims from 1939 to 1945. How could men and women who were trained to care for their patients come to kill or assist in murder or mistreatment? This is the central question pursued by Bronwyn McFarland-Icke as she details the lives of nurses from the beginning of the Weimar Republic through the years of National Socialist rule. Rather than examine what the Party did or did not order, she looks into the hearts and minds of people whose complicity in murder is not easily explained with reference to ideological enthusiasm."--BOOK JACKET.