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Sabine Hildebrandt, “The Anatomy of Murder: Ethical Transgressions and Anatomical Science during the Third Reich” (Berghahn, 2017) (2020)


Of the many medical specializations to transform themselves during the rise of National Socialism, anatomy has received relatively little attention from historians. While politics and racial laws drove many anatomists from the profession, most who remained joined the Nazi party, and some helped to develop the scientific basis for its racialist dogma. As Sabine Hildebrandt reveals in The Anatomy of Murder: Ethical Transgressions and Anatomical Science during the Third Reich (Berghahn, 2017), however, their complicity with the Nazi state went beyond the merely ideological. They progressed through gradual stages of ethical transgression, turning increasingly to victims of the regime for body procurement, as the traditional model of working with bodies of the deceased gave way, in some cases, to a new paradigm of experimentation with the “future dead.”

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Authors & Contributors
Geus, Armin
Frosh, Stephen
Schmidt, Ulf
Pross, Christian
Evans, Andrew David
Rupnow, Dirk
Social History of Medicine
Medizinhistorisches Journal
European History Quarterly
History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
Journal of the History of the Neurosciences
Palgrave Macmillan
University of Nebraska Press
University of Chicago Press
Wallstein Verlag
New York University
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
National Socialism
Science and race
Science and ethics
Medicine and ethics
Boas, Franz
Freud, Sigmund
Alexander, Leo
Rosenberg, Alfred
Haeckel, Ernst
Debye, Peter Joseph William
Time Periods
20th century, early
20th century
19th century
United States
Nuremberg (Germany)
Great Britain
Columbia University
American Museum of Natural History, New York

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