Thursday, July 31, 2008
AMA protests Nazi Dr. Award
Evey so often the American Medical Association gets it right! They have formally protested a German association of internists who awarded a former Nazi SS member and alleged war criminal, Dr. Hans-Joachim Swereing, a medal.
In 1993, Dr. Swereing stepped down as president of the World Medical Association due to controversy that he participated in a euthanasia program at Schonbrunn Sanitarium near Dachau from 1942-45. As a member of the Nazi SS, his signature is on documents that sent 900 children with disabilities to a "healing center" where they were killed.
Now, the German organization has given him a prestigious award for "his contributions to freedom of the medical profession".
Kudos the the AMA for taking a strong stand against this. I went through a reading spree on "Bad Nazi Doctors" recently and I pray the freedom of the medical profession never sinks that low again.
Posted by Toni Brayer, MD at 4:28 PM