Infamous medicine, A review on a the documentary “Nazi Medicine”

The stigma attached to the National Socialist (Nazi) Party of Germany and the atrocities they committed during WWII is one of the most infamous and commonly shared of any stigmas that exists within human society today. Personally, I traverse the path to becoming a microbiologist I have devoted my life to one of science. And of all the atrocities the Nazi party committed it is those that directly involve the misuse or disrespect of science and its foundations and principles that I find to be the most heinous of there crimes (aside from mass slaughter). This documentary on Nazi medicine presents an analysis of the study of Eugenics as well as the experimentation done within concentrations camps. The history of Eugenics the documentary presented was very well constructed with a clear timeline with regards to its origins as well as to its applications to the ideas of racial supremacy developed during the reign of Nazi Germany. The jump that was made in applying biological concepts of speciation and natural selection to humanity and its various racial denominations is considerably one of the most outrageous concepts behind Eugenics. Racial superiority and inferiority were byproducts of these more biologically oriented concepts that could become more adapted to a larger social understanding. The work of Eugenics following the end of WWII was rightfully terminated and its ideals discredited as works based on racial theory as opposed to true scientific and logical standing. The experimentation done in the concentration camps was also equally as infuriating as the topic of Eugenics. The experimentation not only lacked the consent of those who were made victims of either pointless or outright deadly research but also lack scientific legitimacy and can easily have been chalked up as being equivalent to a child putting things together just to see the result. Whether it was the experimentation done on twins by Dr. Josef Mengele or the malaria/typhoid inoculations, this “scientific” work possessed very little to no respect for humans and had no prophylactic desires besides possibly military application and pathogenic preventative studies. This lack of respect for the human condition in scientific research was a well conveyed message made by the documentary. As a whole I found little wrong with the documentary in terms of presentation and overall the pictures and video provided were well put together for the topic matter. It also wasn’t as completely “anti-Nazi” as many of the other documentaries I’ve watched that have sought to objectively analyze aspects of the Nazi party’s atrocities.

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