Reckoning with Medicine’s Unseemly Past

(Victims of the Guatemala Syphilis Experiment. National Archives and Records Administration/Via

“How does such an advanced nation and forward-looking profession embrace ‘medicalized mass murder’ and a philosophy calling for the ‘annihilation of life unworthy of living’? How did those who pledged to follow ‘the Hippocratic tradition of healers,’ they ask, ‘become killers’?”

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