Psychiatry's role in the holocaust.

  title={Psychiatry's role in the holocaust.},
  author={Peter Roger Breggin},
  journal={The International journal of risk & safety in medicine},
  volume={4 2},
German psychiatrists proposed the extermination of mental patients before Hitler came to power. Then in Nazi Germany, organized psychiatry implemented involuntary eugenical sterilization and euthanasia, ultimately killing up to 100000 German mental patients. The six psychiatric euthanasia centers utilized medical professionals, fake death certificates, gas chambers disguised as showers, and the mass burning of corpses.Psychiatrists from the euthanasia program also participated in the first… CONTINUE READING
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