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The Nazi Doctors and the Nuremberg Code: Human Rights in Human Experimentation

by George J. Annas (Editor), Michael A. Grodin (Editor)



Editorial Reviews

Review
"Engrossing, giving the reader genuine insights into the nature of the debates."
--Science

"This book sheds light on keenly debated issues of both science and
jurisprudence, including the ethics of human experimentation, the doctrine of
informed consent, and the code's impact on today's international human rights
agenda." --Issues in Law and Medicine

"An excellent and well-organized reader." --Journal of the American Medical
Association

"The book is rich in data both on the Nazi doctors' trial and on the subsequent
history of the informed-consent doctrine in clinical research. For anyone
interested in the problems of clinical research on human subjects, this
compendium should be a valuable reference work and a source of insights as well
as relevant facts. Because it addresses a complex problem from the perspective
of what may be the most extreme cases imaginable, it casts deep shadows, even
while illuminating parts of its subject. But at the same time it serves to
remind the reader of the temptations to which even the most scrupulous
physicians, operating on the frontiers of clinical research, are exposed." --The
New England Journal of Medicine

"The Nazi Doctors and the Nuremburg Code should be read by all physicians,
indeed by all who have an interest in medical research involving human
subjects." --International Journal of Health Legislation

"This book has the power to illuminate." --Social Science Medicine

"The book provides a timely overview of issues surrounding the historical
background of the Code and its importance to contemporary discussions, up to and
including proposed research on soldiers during the Gulf War. It should be in any
library that has even a modest interest in the ethics of research."--Religious
Studies Review

"Ranks as a welcome addition to the many reflections lately being gathered on
the Nuremberg trials. Its editors, both recognized for their qualifications in
bioethics, offer a well-integrated and organized collection of worthwhile essays
from a broad range of fields. . . . concludes with a well-prepared summary by
the editors that might well be read first. Cross references within most of the
chapters add greatly to this book's effectiveness and reflect the care with
which it was edited. Virtually without typographical errors, the volume is
attractively presented and reasonably priced, enhanced by a careful index and a
rich collection of primary sources." --Journal of the History of Medicine

"Provides stimulating reading, and will appeal to a braod audience of clinical
researchers, physicians, ethicists, historians or lay persons interested in the
Nuremburg Code and the historical, legal, or ethical issues surrounding human
experimentation." --Communique

"This laudable collection of essays does much to dispel the confusion and put
the whole episode in a proper perspective for those of us who need to know....In
all, this volume of essays is well worth reading."--Journal of Medical Ethics

Product Description
The atrocities committed by Nazi physicians and researchers during World War II
prompted the development of the Nuremberg Code to define the ethics of modern
medical experimentation utilizing human subjects. Since its enunciation, the
Code has been viewed as one of the cornerstones of modern
bioethical thought. The sources and ramifications of this important document are
thoroughly discussed in this book by a distinguished roster of contemporary
professionals from the fields of history, philosophy, medicine, and law.
Contributors also include the chief prosecutor of the Nuremberg
Military Tribunal and a moving account by a survivor of the Mengele Twin
Experiments. The book sheds light on keenly debated issues of both science and
jurisprudence, including the ethics of human experimentation; the doctrine of
informed consent; and the Code's impact on today's international human
rights agenda. The historical setting of the Code's creation, some modern
parallels, and the current attitude of German physicians toward the crimes of
the Nazi era, are discussed in early chapters. The book progresses to a powerful
account of the Doctors' Trial at Nuremberg, its resulting verdict,
and the Code's development. The Code's contemporary influence on both American
and international law is examined in its historical context and discussed in
terms of its universality: are the foundational ethics of the Code as valid
today as when it was originally penned? The editors conclude with a
chapter on foreseeable future developments and a proposal for an international
covenant on human experimentation enforced by an international court. A major
work in medical law and ethics, this volume provides stimulating, provocative
reading for physicians, legal professionals, bioethicists,
historians, biomedical researchers, and concerned laypersons.


Product Details

Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA (August 24, 1995)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0195101065

 

 

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