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Nazi Doctors - have we learned the lessons from the Holocaust?

Published: 25th April 2005

'Many similarities between Germany in the 1930s and Western Medicine today'

“The many similarities between Germany in the 1930s and the direction Western medicine is moving today should give cause for alarm”, writes Peter Saunders, General Secretary of the Christian Medical Fellowship (CMF) in the Spring issue of CMF’s Triple Helix magazine.

In a detailed review of how the holocaust arose from small beginnings, Saunders cites four key factors which led to the progression to genocide – favourable public opinion; a handful of willing physicians; economic pressure and no prosecution for those involved. He gives a stark warning: “The growing acceptance of euthanasia in Australia, the US and Europe run contrary to post-war ethical declarations adopted by the World Medical Association. Christian doctors, he emphasises, have no room for complacency.”

Other highlights of Triple Helix, which is published quarterly, are ‘The Return of Eugenics’, by Ben Mitchell; Euthanasia and Autonomy by Andrew Fergusson and David Short’s guidelines on ‘Imitating Christ in Our Private Life’.

For further information:

Philippa Taylor (CMF Head of Public Policy) 020 7234 9664
Steven Fouch (CMF Head of Communications) 020 7234 9668

Media Enquiries:

Alistair Thompson on 07970 162 225

About CMF:

Christian Medical Fellowship (CMF) was founded in 1949 and is an interdenominational organisation with over 5,000 doctors, 900medical and nursing students and 300 nurses and midwives as members in all branches of medicine, nursing and midwifery. A registered charity, it is linked to over 100 similar bodies in other countries throughout the world.

CMF exists to unite Christian healthcare professionals to pursue the highest ethical standards in Christian and professional life and to increase faith in Christ and acceptance of his ethical teaching.

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