The Whitewashing of Nazi Psychiatry

Overall, psychiatrists appear to be a seriously  damaged group of people.

Response to “Psychiatry during the Nazi era: ethical lessons for the modern professional” Rael D Strous
Annals of General Psychiatry 2007, 6:8

The article about nazi exterminator psychiatrists’ behavior during the nazi era is remarkable for its morally oblivious outlook. According to the author, the nazi shrinks, who actually showed hitler how mass murder could be carried out cheaply and efficiently on an industrial scale, were merely guilty of

“allowing philosophical constructs to define clinical practice, focusing exclusively on preventative medicine, allowing political pressures to influence practice, blurring the roles of clinicians and researchers, and falsely believing that good science and good ethics always co-exist.”

Apparently these crimes were errors of clinical and philosophical judgement, not symptomatic of any kind of character shortcomings or psychopathologies on the part of the psychiatrists.

That this explanation seems adequate to the author raises the question of whether he may be suffering from the same affliction as the objects of his study: a lack of what their victims might have called a “moral compass” and a need to simulate a rough approximation of human empathy and insight by hacking them out of some kind of behavioral rule book. The notion of a cold blooded mass murderer evaluating philosophical constructs, political pressures and clinical strategies in the course of pursuing his chosen vocation is certainly not likely to satisfy those seeking a deeper understanding of what the hell was wrong with these people.

The author’s silence on the psychological motivations of the perpetrators is especially deafening given that it’s no secret that schools of clinical psychology and psychiatry are magnets for emotionally troubled people. (Psychology Today, July/August 1997) among which are certainly both “classic” and “compensatory” narcissists commonly found in the medical professions.

That this article could be provided to a public audience with an invitation to distribute freely is also symptomatic of an amazing lack of foresight, not to mention insight, on the part of the editors. The blind leading the wounded.


Also see how psychiatry helps to perpetuate the sexual torture of infants (with intent to lobotomize) at:

Insanity in the american psychiatric establishment:

MGM Primer

Considering the ever-growing deluge of profitable psychiatric diagnoses among the pseudoscientific quackery in the DSM, it’s remarkable that there are no entries for “moral illness” or “institutional illness”.   Probably because their specialty is targeting the powerless, not the powerful.


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