Date of Defense


Date of Graduation




First Advisor

Eli Rubin

Second Advisor

Bryan Machin


In this essay, I set out to prove that some of the medical experiments undertaken by Nazi doctors during World War II have scientific relevance in today’s scientific community. In the first section, the experiments connected with Dr. Karl Brandt will be examined in some detail allowing the reader to develop a basic knowledge of the experiments that will be discussed. This will also set the foundation for the discussion on scientific validity due to the nature in which they are described. In the second section, the results relevant to today’s scientific community will be discussed, proving that these horrific experiments do have useful applications. In the third section, the debates surrounding the issues of euthanasia and the use of the results from the experiments will be examined. Although some of the results do have scientific validity, these, and similar, experiments should not be replicated due to their horrendous nature.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access