skip to content
The Nazi war on cancer Preview this item
ClosePreview this item

The Nazi war on cancer

Author: Robert Proctor
Publisher: Princeton, New Jersey ; Oxford : Princeton University Press, 2000. ©1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Robert Proctor recently made the explosive discovery that Nazi Germany was decades ahead of other countries in promoting health reforms that we today regard as progressive and social responsible, including anti-smoking campaigns, restrictions on asbestos, pesticides, and food dyes, and the promotion of vegetarianism. Proctor explores these findings and concludes that the Nazi's forward-looking health activism  Read more...
Getting this item's online copy... Getting this item's online copy...

Find a copy in the library

Getting this item's location and availability... Getting this item's location and availability...


Find it in libraries globally
Worldwide libraries own this item


Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Proctor
ISBN: 0691070512 9780691070513
OCLC Number: 54470494
Description: x, 380 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Ch. 1. Hueper's secret --
Triumphs of the intellect --
"The number one enemy of the state" --
Erwin Liek and the ideology of prevention --
Early detection and mass screening --
Ch. 2. The Gleichschaltung of German cancer research --
The fates of Jewish scientists --
Registries and medical surveillance --
The rhetoric of cancer research --
Romancing nature and the question of cancer's increase --
Ch. 3. Genetic and racial theories --
Cancer and the Jewish question --
Selection and sterilization --
Ch. 4. Occupational carcinogenesis --
Health and work in the Reich --
X-rays and radiation martyrs --
Radium and Uranium --
Arsenic, chromium, quartz, and other kinds of dusts --
The funeral dress of kings (Asbestos) --
Chemical industry cancers --
Ch. 5. The Nazi diet --
Resisting the artificial life --
Meat versus vegetables --
The Führer's food --
The campaign against alcohol --
Performance-enhancing foods and drugs --
Foods for fighting cancer --
Banning butter yellow --
Ideology and reality --
Ch. 6. The campaign against tobacco --
Early opposition --
Making the cancer connection --
Fritz Lickint: The doctor "most hated by the tobacco industry" --
Nazi medical moralism --
Franz H. Müller: The forgotten father of experimental epidemiology --
Moving into action --
Karl Astel's Institute for tobacco hazards research --
Gesundheit über alles --
Reemtsma's forbidden fruit --
The industry's counterattack --
Tobacco's collapse --
Ch. 7. The Monstrous and the prosaic --
The science question under fascism --
Complicating quackery --
Biowarfare research in disguise --
Organic monumentalism --
Did Nazi policy prevent some cancers? --
Playing the Nazi card --
Is Nazi cancer research tainted? --
The flip side of fascism.
Responsibility: Robert N. Proctor.


Were the Nazis more complex morally than we thought? Can good science come from an evil regime? What might this reveal about health activism in our own society? This book explores these controversial  Read more...
Retrieving notes about this item Retrieving notes about this item


Editorial reviews

Publisher Synopsis

Winner of the 1999 Arthur Viseltear Prize for the History of Public Health in America, Medical Care Section of the American Public Health Association "The Nazi war on cancer? Other readers may be as Read more...

User-contributed reviews


Be the first.
Confirm this request

You may have already requested this item. Please select Ok if you would like to proceed with this request anyway.

Close Window

Please sign in to WorldCat 

Don't have an account? You can easily create a free account.