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Nurses in Nazi Germany: Moral Choice in History

Nurses in Nazi Germany: Moral Choice in History 202 Book Reviews li fe might differ withou t governmental programs t hat have demonstrated a long hiswry of benefiting all secrors of society. jEAN c. WHELAN, PHD, RN Postdoctoral Fellow Center for Ourcomes and Policy Research University of Pennsylvania Phi ladelphia, Pennsylvania 19104 By Bronwyn Rebekah McFarland-Icke (Princeton: Princeton U niversity Press, 1999). Bronv.'Yn Rebekah McFarland-Icke presems a dispassionate, unsparing, searing analysis of rhe perversion of the erhics and values of psychiatric nurses in Naz.i Germany. The author raps a variety of sources, some of which became available only in recent years after rhe collapse of Ease Gennany. They include posrwar trial ces rirnonies, munic ipal records, hosp ital admi n ist rarion docu ments, and nu rsing literatu re from early rwenrieth-cenrury Germany. McFarlan d-Icke examines rhc role of psychiatric nurses fro m late ninereemh through early rwenrierh-cenrury Germany, and she depicts rhe srep-by-step progression of rheir descenr into hell as wi lli ng age nts in the Nazi-engineered mass m urder of psychiauic parients. Between 1939 and 1945, an estimared 100,000 ro 200 ,000 patients in Na1.i Germany's psychiatric institutions were deemed to have " lives unworthy of living" (p. 62- 65) and were systematically put http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nursing History Review Springer Publishing

Nurses in Nazi Germany: Moral Choice in History

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Springer Publishing
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1062-8061
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1938-1913
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10.1891/1062-8061.10.1.202
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202 Book Reviews li fe might differ withou t governmental programs t hat have demonstrated a long hiswry of benefiting all secrors of society. jEAN c. WHELAN, PHD, RN Postdoctoral Fellow Center for Ourcomes and Policy Research University of Pennsylvania Phi ladelphia, Pennsylvania 19104 By Bronwyn Rebekah McFarland-Icke (Princeton: Princeton U niversity Press, 1999). Bronv.'Yn Rebekah McFarland-Icke presems a dispassionate, unsparing, searing analysis of rhe perversion of the erhics and values of psychiatric nurses in Naz.i Germany. The author raps a variety of sources, some of which became available only in recent years after rhe collapse of Ease Gennany. They include posrwar trial ces rirnonies, munic ipal records, hosp ital admi n ist rarion docu ments, and nu rsing literatu re from early rwenrieth-cenrury Germany. McFarlan d-Icke examines rhc role of psychiatric nurses fro m late ninereemh through early rwenrierh-cenrury Germany, and she depicts rhe srep-by-step progression of rheir descenr into hell as wi lli ng age nts in the Nazi-engineered mass m urder of psychiauic parients. Between 1939 and 1945, an estimared 100,000 ro 200 ,000 patients in Na1.i Germany's psychiatric institutions were deemed to have " lives unworthy of living" (p. 62- 65) and were systematically put

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Nursing History ReviewSpringer Publishing

Published: Jan 1, 2002

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