Linda Shields, Susan Benedict

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The topic of this book is both distressing and shocking. Since we began
studying the role of nurses as killers, we have been told that this is not a
suitable topic for study, that nurses "would never do those things", and at
times, despite concepts of academic freedom, employers (at times, and for
one of us-LS) have found it hard to understand why we would study this,
and have tried to put barriers in our way. Such ideas and behaviors have
strengthened our resolve to continue. We strongly believe not only that this
is a worthy topic for study but also that we are morally obliged to continue
this journey. Our profession (and that of midwifery, too) cannot move forward
and develop to its full potential unless such a dark side of its history
is acknowledged and addressed. In 2011, the German Medical Association
(Bundesarztekammer) (Livingstone 2012) apologized for the actions
of physicians during the Nazi era. We suggest that it is time that German
nursing and midwifery also do so through their respective organizations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNurses and midwives in Nazi Germany
Subtitle of host publicationthe 'Euthanasia Programs'
EditorsSusan Benedict, Linda Shields
Place of PublicationNew York, NY
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781315832616
ISBN (Print)9780415896658
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Publication series

NameRoutledge studies in modern European history

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