July 20, 2012 5:45 AM
The Tulane University School of Medicine is partnering with The National World War II Museum to bring “Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race,” an exhibition on loan from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., to New Orleans.
The exhibition, which examines the alliance between physicians, scientists and the Nazis that led to the murder of millions, opens July 25 and remains on display through October 15.
The exhibition traces history from the early 20th-century international eugenics movement to the development of the Nazi regime’s “science of race.” It challenges viewers to reflect on the present-day interest in genetic manipulation that promotes the possibility of human perfection.
“These issues and how they influenced fields like bioethics are topics of import,” says Dr. Benjamin P. Sachs, dean of the medical school. “We hope both our medical community and the general public will walk away from ‘Deadly Medicine’ with a better understanding that respect for all human beings has to be the essence of the medical profession. Today, the medical community has very strict safeguards to protect human subjects who volunteer to participate in biomedical research. These safeguards were put in place because of international outrage regarding human experimentation by the Nazis.”
Tulane will hold these free, public events in conjunction with the exhibition:
Tulane students will receive free admission to the exhibition with their identification cards.
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