The Pros And Cons Of The Nazi Medical Experiment

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Since the ending of World War II, great controversy has arisen regarding the potential use of the Nazi doctors’ medical experiment findings. Nazi leaders instructed the doctors to perform sickening, gruesome, and terrifying experiments on the inmates of the concentration camps all throughout Europe. These unlawful experiments led the German medical community to gain vast amounts of knowledge regarding the physical limits of the human body under severe circumstances. According to Joel Dimsdale, author and Professor at the University of California, “these observations [gathered from the Nazi experiments] were kept under wraps for decades and there remains controversy even now about what these [experiments] revealed…” (Dimsdale). One of the biggest …show more content…
Doctor of Medicine, Robert L. Berger, states that “approximately 30 known projects [were conducted, however,] the controversy has focused most intensely on the experiments involving hypothermia in humans that were performed at the Dachau concentration camp” (Berger). According to Berger, the purpose of these trials was to “establish the most effective treatment for victims of immersion hypothermia” (Berger), or hypothermia caused by being submerged in freezing water. Scientists wanted to use the conclusions drawn from this project to enhance the survival chances of German air force members who had been shot down into the freezing water, specifically the North Sea water which may fall to 32 degrees Fahrenheit during the winter months. While it is extremely hard to believe such disturbing, unethical experimentation would be allowed there were many motivations regarding the doctors who were in charge of the gruesome experiments. Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery, Miguel Faria, explains that “the Nazi doctors’ dark descent into ghastly experimentation…was a product of convoluted [complex] ethics and physicians willingly cooperating with authoritarianism citing utilitarianism in the pursuit of the ‘collective’ or ‘greater good’” …show more content…
Why should the medical and scientific communities not make the best of what information they currently have, maybe this information will lead to bigger and better breaks/cures in the medical field. If used in the right way, these medical findings could “serve to reinforce the importance of ethical research and give the victim’s cruel death a new and meaningful value” (Steinberg). Use this information to create new inferences, conclusions, and maybe even new discoveries unquestionably honors those who were unlawfully treated in order to gain this information. As a whole, the medical and scientific communities should not let these hundreds of innocent people die in vain, give their death a purpose: to further the current understanding of science and

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