Doctors from hell The horrific account of Nazi experiments on humans

Vivien Spitz

Book - 2005

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2nd Floor 940.5405/Spitz Due Dec 11, 2023
Boulder, Colo. : Sentient Publications c2005.
Main Author
Vivien Spitz (-)
Other Authors
Fredrick R. Abrams (-)
1st Sentient Publications ed
Item Description
Foreword by Fredrick R. Abrams.
Physical Description
xxvii, 316 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references (p. 309-311) and index.
  • October 1946, Westover Air Field, Massachusetts
  • The Nuremburg War Crimes trials
  • The subsequent proceedings
  • Case no. 1, the medical case
  • High-altitude experiments
  • Freezing experiments
  • Malaria experiments
  • Bone, muscle, and nerve regeneration and bone transplantation experiments
  • Mustard gas experiments
  • Sulfanilamide experiments
  • Sea water experiments
  • My life in Nuremburg
  • Epidemic jaundice (hepatitis)
  • Sterilization
  • Typhus experiments
  • Poison experiments
  • Incendiary bomb experiments
  • Phlegmon, polygal, & phenol experiments
  • Jewish skeleton collection
  • Euthanasia
  • Medical ethics
  • Judgments and sentences in the medical case
  • Going home
  • Confronted by Holocaust denial.
Review by Booklist Review

Spitz reported the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials in Germany from 1946 to 1948 for the U.S. War Department. In writing her book, she worked from a condensed transcript of the 11,538-page court reporters' record, which she helped prepare. Her horrendous story of evil--and ultimate justice--covers the trials of 20 doctors and three medical assistants charged with crimes against humanity and calculated genocide. She recounts experiments in which concentration-camp inmates were forced into high-altitude chambers and sent to 68,000 feet without oxygen; the suffering of inmates forced to undergo freezing experiments in tanks of ice water until they died; malaria experiments on 1,200 inmates; and experiments in which inmates were artificially wounded and infected with mustard gas. There were sulfanilamide experiments conducted on Polish Catholic priests in Dachau, and seawater experiments on Gypsies. Spitz also reports on the judgments and sentences in these trials. The book paints a nightmarish picture of a world without hope that had lost all its values and meaning. --George Cohen Copyright 2005 Booklist

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