In his excuse to “cleanse” German society of people who pose a biological threat to health, Nazi doctors conducted many scientific experiments. Many of these experiments were conducted on prisoners of war and civilians from countries occupied by Nazi Germany during World War II. Despite the lack of consent and the inhumane conditions in which they were executed, His results made some contribution to medicine.
Nazi Medical and Scientific Experiments in the Third Reich
Nazi medical experiments on concentration camp prisoners in the Third Reich were painful and often fatal. These focused on three specific aspects: Military survival, testing new treatments and drugs, and racial hygiene.
To facilitate the existence of military personnel, for example, doctors of the Air Force and the Experimental Institute for German Aviation Subjected prisoners to a higher altitude to determine the maximum altitude from which troops could launch safely using a parachute. He also kept them at low temperatures to find the most effective treatment against hypothermia.
Another experiment by Nazi scientists Different methods were tested to make sea water potableMany of which were tested on concentration camp prisoners.
Contribution of Nazi Medical Experiments to Medicine
mostly Nazi medical experiments aimed to develop drugs and treatments For the injuries and diseases to which German soldiers were exposed on the battlefield. But he also focused on developing vaccination compounds for the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases.
One of the medical contributions that resulted from these experiments was, in fact, the anti-malarial chloroquine, Methadone and Methamphetamine. So was medical research on hypothermia, hypoxia, dehydration, and other ailments.
Ravensbrook camp doctor Provided important information on the efficacy of newly developed sulfa-based drugs (sulfanilamide). He also released important data about the bone grafting experiments he conducted.
in present, Nazi contributions to medicine are a controversial topic in the scientific community. Above all, because they were obtained through inhumane trials, using torture and without taking into account the minimum of scientific ethics.
In Nazi Germany in the years 1933 and 1945, some scientific advances were developed, including relevant information in the field of medicine. Despite the brutal horrors and atrocities committed against humanity in general.