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The Nazi War on Cancer

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7236.721 (Published 11 March 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:721
  1. Roger Cooter, director.
  1. Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, University of East Anglia, Norwich


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    Robert N Proctor

    Princeton University Press, £18.95, pp 390 ISBN 0 691 00196 0

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    Is “mad and bad” what springs to mind when you think of Nazi medical science?Is the late 20th century United States where you locate the groundswell of support for natural foods, vocal concerns over ill health and the environment, and campaigns against passive smoking? And is it the famous 1950 study of Doll and Hill that you associate with establishing the link between smoking and cancer? If so, this book is essential reading, but prepare to be shocked.

    The medical fraternity of the notorious Third Reich emerge here …

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