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Philosophy and Medicine

Medical Jurisprudence and Rules of the Medical Profession

Authors: Ramm, Rudolf

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  • The first English translation of Rudolf Ramm’s Medical Jurisprudence and Rules of the Medical Profession
  • The first and only text covering the moral responsibilities of being a Nazi physician
  • An indispensable source of information on Nazi medical ethics
  • A unique book for all those working in or interested in history of medicine
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The Nazi Viewpoint on the Position and Responsibilities of the Physician in the German National Socialist Society.

This work is translated, annotated and introduced by Melvin Wayne Cooper.

This is the first translation in English of Rudolf Ramm’s textbook Ärztliche Rechts- und Standeskunde: Der Arzt als Gesundheitserzieher, translated and introduced by Melvin Wayne Cooper. Medical Jurisprudence and Rules of the Medical Profession has been reported to be an influential manual for medical ethics in Nazi Germany and is commonly quoted as representing the Nazi viewpoint of the position and responsibilities of the physician in the National Socialist society. It interprets the National Socialist Weltanschauung, i.e. the National Socialist Philosophical Worldview, and makes explicit how this world view was to be actuated by the true National Socialist physician. It is a good text to attempt to see the National Socialist medical world view from the perspective of its practitioners. Ramm’s text could be viewed as being analogous to an Army Field Manual for the practicing National Socialist physician. It dictates the specific applications of the legal values and rules which emanate from this Weltanschauung to the developing medical students and practicing National Socialist physicians. According to some scholars Ramm’s book, which was written not only for students but also for postgraduates, and which received positive reviews in German medical journals, is the most important known historical source pertaining to the instruction of Nazi medical ethics. The 1942 edition sold out within a year, and a second edition published in 1943 included an extended appendix of medical laws. Through this book Ramm’s unique text is now available for an English language audience, thanks to the thorough translation and accessible introduction by Melvin Wayne Cooper.

About the authors

Melvin Cooper is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.  He practiced academic and clinical cardiology for over 50 years in institutions from Hawaii. California, Texas, Michigan to Warsaw, Poland.  He has Master’s degrees in Bioethics, Philosophy and History and a PhD in History of Ideas from the University of Texas at Dallas, where his primary areas of study were: Philosophy of Science, Holocaust Studies and Literature in Medicine. He has a life-long interest and instruction in the German language and Translation Studies, including courses from the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Texas at Dallas, Department of Translation Studies, the University of Portsmouth in Portsmouth, UK and the German Language School in Berlin, Germany.

He is currently Adjunct Professor in the Institute of Medical Humanities at UTMB as well as Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas at Tyler where he teaches Bioethics.   

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Part I: The Ideal Conception of Medicine and the Medical Profession Through the Ages

    Pages 1-25

    Ramm, Rudolf

  • Part II: Ordinance of Licensure

    Pages 27-56

    Ramm, Rudolf

  • Part III: The Public Health Service and the Responsibilities of State Health Departments

    Pages 57-63

    Ramm, Rudolf

  • Part IV: The National Socialist German Workers Party as Guardian of the Health of the Volk

    Pages 65-74

    Ramm, Rudolf

  • Part V: On the Essence and Work of the Physician in the National Socialist State

    Pages 75-148

    Ramm, Rudolf

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eBook $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-25245-8
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-25244-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Medical Jurisprudence and Rules of the Medical Profession
Authors
Translated by
Cooper, M.W.
Series Title
Philosophy and Medicine
Series Volume
135
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-25245-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-25245-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-25244-1
Series ISSN
0376-7418
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXXII, 295
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