Medicine after the Holocaust From the Master Race to the Human Genome and Beyond

  • ISBN13:


  • ISBN10:


  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-12-15
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Purchase Benefits
  • Free Shipping On Orders Over $35!
    Your order must be $35 or more to qualify for free economy shipping. Bulk sales, PO's, Marketplace items, eBooks and apparel do not qualify for this offer.
  • Get Rewarded for Ordering Your Textbooks! Enroll Now
List Price: $120.00 Save up to $3.60
  • Buy New
    Add to Cart Free Shipping


Supplemental Materials

What is included with this book?

  • The New copy of this book will include any supplemental materials advertised. Please check the title of the book to determine if it should include any access cards, study guides, lab manuals, CDs, etc.


Rubenfeld and the contributors to this collection posit that German physicians betrayed the Hippocratic Oath when they chose knowledge over wisdom, the state over the individual, a führer over God, and personal gain over professional ethics.

Author Biography

Sheldon Rubenfeld, M.D.

Dr. Sheldon Rubenfeld is a Clinical Professor of General Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and a Fellow in both the American College of Physicians and the American College of Endocrinology. He pioneered fine needle aspiration biopsy of the thyroid gland in Texas and has authored two editions of Could It Be My Thyroid? and more than a dozen scientific papers on medicine.

Dr. Rubenfeld has been in private practice for 31 years, specializing in diseases of the thyroid gland. He was selected by his peers as the Top Endocrinologist in Houston in the Guide to Top Doctors and was honored with the Dr. Robert Graves Award by The Thyroid Society for Education & Research.

Dr. Rubenfeld has taught Jewish Medical Ethics at Baylor College of Medicine for seven years and has also taught Healing by Killing: Medicine in the Third Reich for three years. He lectures to professional and religious organizations on both medicine and the Holocaust and on Jewish medical ethics.

Inspired by his aunt Thea Silber Steuer and by Colonel Josiah C. Wedgwood who rescued his mother from Austria in 1939, Dr. Rubenfeld created and developed the concept for Medical Ethics and the Holocaust, a program that included a six-month exhibit entitled How Healing Becomes Killing: Eugenics, Euthanasia, Extermination at Holocaust Museum Houston and the 17-part Michael DeBakey Medical Ethics Lecture Series. This lecture series featured more than 30 distinguished scientists, physicians, ethicists, historians, and lawyers. Dr. Rubenfeld has now compiled many of the manuscripts by those lecturers into Medicine After the Holocaust: From the Master Race to the Human Genome and Beyond.

Table of Contents

Foreword--Francis S. Collins * Introduction--Sheldon Rubenfeld * PART I: EUGENICS, EUTHANASIA, EXTERMINATION * When Evil Was Good and Good Evil: Remembrance of Nuremberg--Edmund D. Pellegrino * Medicine During the Nazi Period: Historical Facts, and Some Implications for Teaching Medical Ethics and Professionalism--Volker Roelcke * Academic Medicine During the Nazi Period: The Implications for Creating Awareness of Professional Responsibility Today--William Seidelman * Misconceptions of “Race” as a Biological Category: Then and Now--Theresa M. Duello * Mad, Bad, or Evil: How Physician Healers Turn to Torture and Murder--Michael A. Grodin * Genetic Diversity Has Prevailed, Not The Master Race--Ferid Murad * PART II: MEDICINE AFTER THE HOLOCAUST * Genetics and Eugenics: A Personal Odyssey--James D. Watson * The Stain of Silence: Nazi ethics and Bioethics--Arthur L. Caplan * The Legacy of the Nuremberg Doctors’ Trial to American Bioethics and Human Rights--George J. Annas * A More Perfect Human: The Promise and Peril of Modern Science--Leon R. Kass * What Does “Medicine After The Holocaust” Have To Do With Aid in Dying?--Kathryn L. Tucker * Is Physician-Assisted Suicide Ever Permissible?--Wesley J. Smith * Cinematic Perspectives on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide--Glen O. Gabbard * Science, Medicine and Religion in and after the Holocaust--John M. Haas * Why Science and Religion Need to Cooperate to Prevent a Recurrence of the Holocaust--Irving Greenberg * The Status of the Relationship Between the Citizen and the Government--Ward Connerly * From Nuremberg to the Human Genome: The Rights of Participants in Human Research--Henry T. Greely * Medical Professionalism: Lessons from the Holocaust--Jordan J. Cohen * Assessing Risk in Patient Care--George Paul Noon * Jewish Medical Ethics and Risky Treatments--Avraham Steinberg * Afterword--Michael E. DeBakey

Rewards Program

Write a Review