Online Program

Jewish medical resistance in the ghettos and camps during the holocaust

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 : 12:30 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.

Michael Grodin, MD, Health Law, Bioethics, and Human Rights Department, Boston University School of Public Health, Boston, MA
This presentation (based on a recently completed book) will provide a historical example of how Jewish Physicians practiced medicine under the most severe conditions in the Ghettos and Camps During the Holocaust.. Faced with epidemic infectious disease, starvation, lack of medicines, lack of clean water and safe sewage, physicians did the best to supply public health education, enforce hygiene protocols, inspect of buildings and latrines, enact quarantine and triage. Physicians established an underground Medical School in the Warsaw Ghetto and studied the impacts of chronic starvation. Questions arose concerning suicide, abortion and euthanasia. Many physicians gave their life to help fellow prisoners. The remarkable story of the resilience of these physicians has yet to be adequately documented

Learning Areas:

Public health or related public policy
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Explain how Jewish physicians practiced medicine under the extreme conditions of ghettos and camps

Keyword(s): Human Rights, Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: publications on subject and experience with NGO's
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.