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International Museum of Surgical Science

Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race

The International Museum of Surgical Science welcomes the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s traveling exhibition Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race. This exhibit examines how the Nazi leadership, in collaboration with individuals in professions traditionally charged with healing and the public good, used science to help legitimize persecution, murder, and ultimately, genocide. Supplement your experience of the exhibit with these videos.

  • 1.

    Introduction to Deadly Medicine

    Introduction to Deadly Medicine

    Learn more about the origins of the Nazi eugenics movement.

  • 2.

    “Curing Disability”

    “Curing Disability”

    Listen to disability rights advocate Harriet McBryde Johnson discuss the impulse to "cure disability."

  • 3.

    The Medicalization of Prejudice

    The Medicalization of Prejudice

    Listen to critic Leon Wieseltier explain the "medicalization of prejudice."

  • 4.

    Improving the Human Condition

    Improving the Human Condition

    Listen to Ruth Faden, Professor of Bioethics, talk about the impulse to improve the human condition.

  • 5.

    The Origins of Eugenics

    The Origins of Eugenics

    Listen to surgeon Sherwin Nuland discuss the origins of eugenics and its implications in America.

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