Nazi Science -- the Dachau Hypothermia Experiments
Berger, Robert L.
New England Journal of Medicine. 1990 May 17; 322(20): 1435-1440.
The hypothermia experiments at the Dachau concentration camp are notorious examples of Nazi research. Scientists and ethicists have debated for decades the propriety of citing data from this study, with some scientists arguing that the information is unobtainable elsewhere and may help save the lives of hypothermia patients. Berger presents a critical analysis of the experimental protocol for the hypothermia research and the reported results, and an examination of the credentials and reliability of the researchers. His discussion highlights representative data from the Dachau Comprehensive Report, prepared by hypothermia researchers for Nazi officials. Berger's review "reveals critical shortcomings in scientific content and credibility" [and] "evidence of data falsification and suggestions of fabrication." Berger argues that the lack of scientific validity renders the Dachau study an inappropriate example in the ongoing debate over the use of ethically tainted data. (KIE abstract)
Biomedical Research; Competence; Ethicists; Evaluation; Fraud; Historical Aspects; Human Experimentation; Investigators; Misconduct; Mortality; National Socialism; Patients; Physicians; Prisoners; Professional Competence; Records; Research; Research Design; Research Subjects; Researchers; Review; Science; Scientific Misconduct; Socialism;
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