Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Frederick Sweet

How could physicians, of all people who take the Hippocratic Oath that begins “First, do no harm,” be involved in the systematic and sadistic mass murder of  the Holocaust and other genocides?

This question haunted Frederick Sweet, professor and researcher at Washington University, who found that physicians indeed have played major roles in the Holocaust and mass murders in places like Rwanda and Bosnia.

At the Nuremberg International War Crimes Tribunal in 1946, several prominent Nazi physicians were put on trial for their crimes against humanity. Professor Sweet received a Fulbright grant to study the role of medical doctors and genocide in Bosnia-Herzegovina.  Three physicians, including (self-proclaimed President) Dr. Radovan Karadzic, were put on trial  at The Hague for  crimes of genocide.

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