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Synopsis of Nazi Medicine: In the Shadow of the Reich The movie is about the tremendous role doctors took in the Nazi Germany. Several ideologies came together during this period: Nazi ideology, social Darwinism, and racial hygiene. Medicine enabled the translation of these ideologies into a system of actions. Germany in the early 1900s probably had the best medicine in the world. Nazis employed these existing resources to carry out their plan of purification, cleansing of the German population. First of all, Nazis implemented the mandatory sterilization of “the undesirables” – the physically challenged, the mentally ill or challenged, those with social or any other kinds of problems (for example, alcoholism), etc. Doctors were integrated into the sterilization bureaucracy; they diagnosed and gave licenses to people and did the operations. The sterilization program was supported by the Americans – in fact, the U.S. was the first country to pass sterilization laws out of eugenic concerns, and the Germans wanted to emulate them. Euthanasia seemed a logical second step for the Nazis, which started in
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