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The Participation of Hans Hinselmann in Medical Experiments at Auschwitz

Halioua, Bruno MD

Journal of Lower Genital Tract Disease: January 2010 - Volume 14 - Issue 1 - p 1-4
doi: 10.1097/LGT.0b013e3181af30ef
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A medical experiment of precancerous screenings of the cervix with colposcopy involving Jewish inmates was conducted in 1943 at Auschwitz by Eduard Wirths, the chief camp physician (SS-Standortarzt), his brother, Helmut Wirths, gynecologist of Hamburg-Altona with the complicity of the prestigious professor Hans Hinselmann who developed the colposcope. This medical experiment illustrates the relationships between physicians carrying out experiments at Auschwitz and prestigious medical research of the most reputed German universities. Hans Hinselmann should be remembered as complicit with atrocities and should not continue to be honored. Physicians must know what tortures and atrocities were committed for the promotion of the development of colposcopy.

Département de Recherche en éthique, Université Paris-Sud 11, Réseau de recherche en éthique médicale, INSERM, France

Reprint requests to: Département de Recherche en éthique, Université Paris-Sud 11, Réseau de recherche en éthique médicale, INSERM, France. E-mail: haliouab@yahoo.fr

©2010The American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology