German doctors apologise for the crimes perpetrated by Nazi doctors

George M Weisz
Med J Aust 2013; 198 (3): . || doi: 10.5694/mja12.11323
Published online: 18 February 2013

The recent apology from the German Medical Association is commendable, but it fails to mention many of the victims of Nazi medicine

On 23 May 2012, the German Medical Association (Bundesärztekammer [BAK]) issued a declaration — significantly, in Nuremberg — acknowledging the crimes perpetrated by their predecessors during World War II and asking for forgiveness. Several leading medical journals have responded with commentaries or editorials.1-4 My present reflections expand on those in a previous article,4 by providing further historical background to the BAK declaration and considering it in the context of Australian medicine.

  • George M Weisz

  • School of Humanities, Program in History of Medicine, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW.


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