Medicine And Books

Die Totung Geisteskranker in Deutschland

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 04 February 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:338
  1. Michael Burleigh

    Alice Platen-Hallermund, Psychiatrie Verlag, pp 131, ISBN 3 88414 149 X

    In postwar Germany, fitful attempts to publish books on medical criminality under the Nazis were dogged by misfortune. Manuscripts mysteriously disappeared doing the rounds of publishers or were neutralised after publication through purposive critical oblivion. Publications such as Alice Platen-Hallermund's 1948 book on Nazi “euthanasia” killings were studiously ignored by the West German medical profession, many of whose leading lights were erstwhile Nazis.

    Although based on an inevitably restricted range of source material (the records of the United States Nuremberg Doctors Trial), Platen-Hallermund's work anticipated most of the themes explored in the numerous studies of German medicine and psychiatry produced since …

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