Nurses and midwives in Nazi Germany: The "euthanasia" programs

Susan Benedict (Editor), Linda Shields (Editor)

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This book is about the ethics of nursing and midwifery, and how these were abrogated during the Nazi era. Nurses and midwives actively killed their patients, many of whom were disabled children and infants and patients with mental (and other) illnesses or intellectual disabilities. The book gives the facts as well as theoretical perspectives as a lens through which these crimes can be viewed. It also provides a way to teach this history to nursing and midwifery students, and, for the first time, explains the role of one of the world’s most historically prominent midwifery leaders in the Nazi crimes.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages266
ISBN (Electronic)9781315832616
ISBN (Print)9780415896658
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Publication series

Name Routledge studies in modern European history


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