Posted by DStupid on March 30, 2007, at 21:06:33
In reply to Re: Psychiatry during the Nazi era: ethical lesson, posted by Squiggles on March 30, 2007, at 19:02:36
Squiggles, I think you're equating general doctors with psychiatrists. The article in question is devoted exclusively to psychiatrists, not general doctors. Most (if not all) psychiatrists didn't work in the extermination camps. Rather, they provided the so-called scientic basis for Nazi's euthanasia of the mental ill and the sterilization of the inferior races. This was done in disregard of the immutable ethical principles of medical profession. I equated the Nazi psychiatrists' violation of these ethical principles to the present-day violations of the same ethical principles by modern psychiatrists. Yes, Nazi's violations were extreme and resulted in the death of thousands of people, which pales compared to the size of the SSRI suicides. Yet on a smaller scale, an unfortunate analogy to the modern-day conditions can be drawn.