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Title: Hitler on race and health in Mein Kampf: a stimulus to anti-racism in the health professions
Authors: Bhopal, Raj
Issue Date: 2005
Abstract: Historically, it is impossible to ignore the impact of Hitler on the social and philosophical concept of race. By the start of World War II in 1939 his book Mein Kampf had sold 5 200 000 copies and been translated into 11 languages. His views had a particular impact on the practice of medicine. Reading Hitler today ought to increase the resolve of medical and other health professionals - 'the staunchest supporters of the Nazi regime' - to combat racism. 'Inter-racial' divisions in modern society are still reflected in health gradients, and modern genetics has re-awoken discussion of eugenic theories. This paper, based on quotations from Hitler on racial admixture, the superiority of the Aryan race and the creation of a superior society, seeks to assist professionals in health and health sciences to reflect on these writings and to strengthen anti-racism in public health, medicine and science. The author contends that racism is a major public health issue.
Description: This article appears in Diversity in Health and Social Care 2005;2:119–25
Keywords: Eugenics
Genetics
Public health
Racism
ethnicity
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1842/3057
http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/rmp/dhsc/2005/00000002/00000002/art00006
ISSN: 1743-1913
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