German doctors move to confront the past

German doctors working under Nazi Party rule implemented 350,000 coerced sterilisations, killed 260,000 people with mental illness and performed 25,000 human experiments leading to 2000 deaths, they wrote in a Lancet article.

During that time, doctors also selected individuals for slave labour or death at Auschwitz and took part in the development and use of methods to kill people.

In the past, the idea of the profession taking responsibility for this malpractice was met with denial and disassociation but the apology should herald a “process

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