Master Scholars Fall Colloquium with Arthur Caplan 'German Medicine, Nazi Ethics, and the Legacy of the Holocaust'
Dr. Arthur Caplan
Director, Division of Medical Ethics, Department of Population Health, NYU Langone Medical Center
The field of bioethics has either remained silent in the face of Nazi
crimes or accepted the myths that Nazi biomedicine was inept, mad, or
coerced. The fact is that many of those who committed the crimes of the
Holocaust were competent physicians and scientists who acted from strong
moral convictions. This puzzle
of how it came to be that physicians and scientists who caused so much suffering and death did so in the
belief that they were morally right is the focus of this presentation.
Dr. Arthur Caplan is the Director of the Division of Medical Ethics in the Department of Population Health at NYU Langone Medical Center. Recognized as one of the pre-eminent bioethicists in the world, Dr. Caplan joined NYULMC in July 2012 from the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, where he was the director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Bioethics, which he built into one of the premier programs in the world. He is the author or editor of 30 books and more than 550 papers in peer-reviewed journals and is the recipient of numerous honors and awards including the McGovern Medal of the American Medical Writers Association, the Franklin Award from the City of Philadelphia, and the Patricia Price Browne Prize in Biomedical Ethics.
A video recording of this lecture can be found at http://school.med.nyu.edu/humanisticmed