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Under National Socialism prior to and during World War 2, more than 200,000 patients with mental illness or learning disability were killed, often by their own doctors. Could similar atrocities ever happen again, and what lessons can be learned from this dark period in history? Raj Persaud talks to the former President of the German Society of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, Professor Frank Schneider, prior to his panel discussion on this topic at the RCPsych International Congress 2016.
Date published: 30 June 2016
Presenter: Dr Raj
Audio running time: 21 minutes
By the end of this podcast, we hope you will have
gained an understanding of:
the extent of the fatalities of patients with
mental disorders under National Socialism
the sociological theories regarding the
motivations behind these killings and the relevance of the upsurge
in eugenics at the beginning of the 20th century
the role played by the German Society of
Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics in the
lessons that can be learned from this
era in history.
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