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The Nazi War on Cancer
  1. Associate Professor Udo Schuklenk, PhD
  1. Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Parktown, Johannesburg 2193, South Africa

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    Robert N Proctor, Princeton, NJ, Princeton University Press, 1999, x+380 pages, $29.95 (hb), £17.95 (hb).

    It is interesting, that with the notable exception of the Cologne-based geneticist Benno Müller-Hill, German historians of medicine have not bothered a great deal with looking into German medical history during the Third Reich. We owe Pennsylvania State University's Robert N Proctor a great deal of gratitude for uncovering more and more of this history, and for making it accessible in a highly readable format. Proctor has established himself rapidly as the pre-eminent US American historian of science on all aspects of Nazi medical research and health policy. In this most recent book Proctor looks at Nazism's pioneering contributions in public health research and policy, as well as in environmental health, occupational health, and preventive medicine. This book holds some disturbing lessons for those who hold the view that basically good people will undertake ethical research, and support good health …

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