Medical selection: Auschwitz antecedents and effluent

W. E. Seidelman

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Medical selection in Auschwitz represents the penultimate application of the traditional paradigm of medicine: the physician as gatekeeper and decision maker. The historical evolution of that role is considered in the context of public health, medical police, quarantine, and immigration. In Nazi Germany the physician was assigned responsibility for selection on behalf of the state. The ethical implications of medical selection are considered in the context of medicine today in an age of sophisticated biotechnology, constrained resources, and an aging population; an age in which the medical profession has yet to establish a fundamental system of values.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)401-415
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Health Services
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1991
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy


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