A darker shade of green: medical botany, homeopathy, and cultural politics in interwar Germany.

  • Michael G Kenny
  • Published 2002 in
    Social history of medicine : the journal of the…


In 1941 a proposal was made to Nazi SS Reichsführer, Heinrich Himmler, that extracts of a South American plant, Dieffenbachia seguine, might be used for the mass sterilization of racially undesirable war prisoners. The proposal was based on published animal fertility research conducted by Dr Gerhard Madaus, co-founder of a firm that produced and marketed… (More)


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