The Nazi Doctors

Medical Killing and the Psychology of Genocide


By Robert Jay Lifton

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Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize

With a new preface by the author

In his most powerful and important book, renowned psychiatrist Robert Jay Lifton presents a brilliant analysis of the crucial role that German doctors played in the Nazi genocide. Now updated with a new preface, The Nazi Doctors remains the definitive work on the Nazi medical atrocities, a chilling exposé of the banality of evil at its epitome, and a sobering reminder of the darkest side of human nature.
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  • "A powerful reminder not only of what happened, but of the monumental evil done by particular human beings who were trained to heal and cure."
    Robert Coles, Boston Globe
  • "This is not only one of the most important works on medical ethics yet written. It also breaks through the frontiers of historiography to provide a convincing psychological interpretation of the Third Reich and the crimes of National Socialism. No one will be able in my view to write perceptively about those times in the future without referring to this interpretation."
    Neal Ascherson, New York Review of Books
  • "A must read.... The book as a whole stands without competition in the English language."
    Raul Hilberg, author of Destruction of the European Jews
  • "This profound study ranks with the most insightful books on the Holocaust."

On Sale
May 16, 2017
Page Count
592 pages
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Robert Jay Lifton

About the Author

Robert Jay Lifton is Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at John Jay College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He is also director of the Center on Violence and Human Survival. Dr. Lifton is the author of many books, including The Nazi Doctors and Death in Life: Survivors of Hiroshima, which won the National Book Award.

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