Ethical and Scientific Legacy of the Nazi Medical CrimesSemester Course

DIS Copenhagen, Elective Course, Ethical and Scientific Legacy of the Nazi Medical Crimes
Major Discipline(s)
Ethics, History, Public Health
New Course Note
This course starts in Fall 2020.
Type
Elective Course
Available
Fall/Spring semester
Credit(s)
3

In this course we trace the intellectual roots of Nazi medicine, such as the concept of racial hygiene, which influenced Western medical thinking and practice even before Nazi Germany. We address the ethics of using knowledge and concepts left to us still by the Nazis, including Asperger’s syndrome and our knowledge of hypothermia which came about after inhumane experimentations. We delve into case studies, covering some of the reasoning of doctors to accept and implement the Nazi medical thinking and discuss more contemporary medical experimentations in comparison.

Faculty

Torben Jørgensen

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Cand.mag. (M.A. in History, University of Copenhagen, 2003). With the Danish Jewish Museum, 2007-2008. Researcher, Danish Institute for International Studies, Department for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 2003-2005. Researcher, Danish Center for Holocaust and Genocide Research, 2000-2003. With DIS since 2008.