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NYT coverage of SOF Alumna Joelle Abi-Rached's co-authored article

In the News, Fellows, SOF Fellows

April 8, 2024
Nazi doctors and scientists on trial at Nuremberg in 1947 for human experiments, murders and other atrocities during the Holocaust.

The New York Times published a profile about 2017—2019 Society of Fellows Alumna Joelle Abi-Rached's co-authored article "Nazism and the Journal" in the New England Journal of Medicine. The journal article is part of a series to address racism and other forms of prejudice in the medical establishment.

A new article in the New England Journal of Medicine, one of the oldest and most esteemed publications for medical research, criticizes the journal for paying only “superficial and idiosyncratic attention” to the atrocities perpetrated in the name of medical science by the Nazis.

The journal was “an outlier in its sporadic coverage of the rise of Nazi Germany,” wrote the article’s authors, Allan Brandt and Joelle Abi-Rached, both medical historians at Harvard. Often, the journal simply ignored the Nazis’ medical depredations, such as the horrific experiments conducted on twins at Auschwitz, which were based largely on Adolf Hitler’s spurious “racial science.”

Read the rest of the article here.