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The Nazi Medical Research Data: Use It Or Lose It? (Podcast 012)

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In today’s podcast, we talk about one of the most egregious abuses of ethics in modern history: the horrible medical experiments carried out by Nazi physicians during WWII. Should we make use of the data that the Nazi doctors obtained, even though it was often gathered by taking the lives of Jewish prisoners in death camps? Or is it more respectful of the dignity of those who died in the Holocaust to let this information die with them?


Bioethics, Nazi medical research, the Holocaust


My special guests in today’s podcast are some Cedarville University students in my ‘Principles of Bioethics’ class.They are: Katie Condit, Tara Self, Jessica Seman, Kate Temple, and John Wildman.


  • When Medicine Went Mad: Bioethics and the Holocaust, Arthur Caplan, Humana, 1992.
  • The Nazi Doctors: Medical Killing and the Psychology of Genocide, Robert Lifton, Perseus, 2000.

Theme Music: Gli Uccelli (The Birds), Part I. Prelude (Allegro moderato), by Respighi, courtesy of Shockwave Sound.

Special Music: “Melancholy,” by Mark Heimonen

Music Bumpers: “Winter I plead,” by Acoustic Rosh and “Lost Acoustic” by Flashover.

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