One Week Until Our Boston Event
Limited space is still available for ASLME's complimentary event in recognition of the Society's partnership with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum of
Washington, D.C., in presenting the historical exhibit Deadly Medicine:
Creating the Master Race.
Deadly Medicine now open at the
Countway Library of Medicine, in Boston. Join us
for a complimentary reception and a tour of the exhibit from 6:30-8pm on
Thursday, April 21, 2011.
ASLME is pleased to announce that George Annas will speak at this
event before the exhibit is open to our guests. Annas is the William Fairfield Warren
Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Law,
Bioethics & Human Rights of Boston University School of Public
Health, and Professor in the Boston University School of Medicine, and
School of Law.
The exhibit, as described by the staff of the holocaust museum,
explores how from 1933 to 1945, Nazi Germany carried out a campaign to
cleanse German society of individuals viewed as biological threats to
the nation’s health. Enlisting the help of physicians and medically
trained geneticists, psychiatrists, and anthropologists, the Nazis
developed racial health policies that began with the mass sterilization
of genetically diseased persons and ended with the near annihilation of
To relate this history, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
has assembled objects, photographs, documents, and historic film footage
from European and American collections and presents them in settings
evoking medical and scientific environments. Deadly Medicine: Creating
the Master Race provokes reflection on the continuing attraction of
biological utopias that promote the possibility of human perfection.
From the early twentieth-century international eugenics movements to
present-day dreams of eliminating inherited disabilities through genetic
manipulation, the issues remain timely.
For more information on the traveling exhibit “Deadly Medicine,” please go here: http://www.ushmm.org/museum/exhibit/traveling/details/index.php?type=current&content=deadly_medicine
Registration is free but we request that you RSVP at http://www.aslme.org/event-registration-dm-04212011. Space is limited.