Online – Asynchronous

Dr. Katherine Sorrels

This course investigates the rise of the Nazi Party, the National Socialist seizure of power, and the policies of the Nazi state before and during the Second World War, with a particular focus on Nazi medicine and scientific racism.

Topics include euthanasia and sterilization as public health measures; concentration camps as sites of medical research; and the views of Nazi doctors on race, genetics, gender, sexual orientation, and disability.

The course concludes with a discussion of the implications of Nazi medicine for contemporary policy and debate on the scientific study of race, the doctor-patient relationship, and the issue of informed consent in medicine.