Doctors Under Hitler by Michael H. Kater

By Michael H. Kater

During this background of drugs and the clinical career within the 3rd Reich, Michael Kater examines the occupation styles, academic education, specialist association, and political socialization of German physicians below Hitler. His dialogue levels largely, from medical professionals who participated in Nazi atrocities, to people who actively resisted the regime's perversion of therapeutic, to the overwhelming majority whose ideology and behaviour fell someplace among the 2 extremes. He additionally takes a chilling examine the post-Hitler clinical establishment's problematical dating to the Nazi prior.

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Dr. M. in Swabian Amerdingen received only RM 300 from the KVD for the last quarter of 1943, whereas his colleague W. 59 It is possible to place these figures further in perspective, vis-a-vis the earnings of comparable professional groups, only for the incipient phase of the Third Reich, for which statistics on the incomes of doctors, lawyers, and dentists are available. 4 percent, between 1933 and 1 9 3 6 . ~ ' Additional though somewhat limited comparisons between doctors' and lawyers' incomes may be attempted for the arbitrary dates of 1934 and 1936.

3. Medical Specialization and Income Within the medical establishment of the Third Reich, a contest was being waged between the exponents of generalist medicine and specialism. ' Specialists had received longer and more sophisticated medical training that warranted the collection of higher fees, they preferred to practice in large cities rather than the countryside, and, until the early 1930s, many of them were Jewish. For these three reasons they were anathema to the Nazi philosophy on health and medicine.

48 That year in northern Brunswick, the city's fifty-three general practitioners and seventy-five specialists, all Kasseniirzte, were grossing over 16,000 marks before counting private side incomes, which, with such a predominance of specialists, could have been ~ u b s t a n t i a lHere . " From one discipline to another, the differences in earnings were remarkable. In Bmnswick city, the generalists were making 12,350 marks compared to 19,300 for the specialists. Among the latter, the ten resident surgeons received the highest fees (RM 24,100), followed closely by nine ophthalmologists (RM 23,200) and thirteen gynecologists (RM 17,300), reflecting the intramedical priorities and attendant peer status of the time.

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