Bioethics

The Return of Eugenics in Australia

In 1996, on the fiftieth anniversary of the Nuremberg medical trials, German doctors gathered together in conference. They commemorated this anniversary under the title “Medicine and Conscience” and reminded their medical peers throughout the world that the separation of biological power from a moral sense would always be a danger to the profession. “This history,” they said, “should not be viewed as just happenstance in Germany at a certain period in time.” The removal of conscience from medicine creates an amoral medical force, but worse still, a force that can be sent in any direction. “Medicine can be distorted by…

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