Caring and Killing: Nursing and Psychiatric Practice in by Thomas Foth

By Thomas Foth

Lower than the Nazi regime in Germany a calculated killing of persistent "mentally unwell" sufferers came about. Nurses accomplished this application of their daily perform. even though, suspicions were raised that psychiatric sufferers have been additionally assassinated prior to and after the Nazi regime, suggesting that the factors for those killings needs to be investigated inside psychiatric perform itself. This e-book highlights the mechanisms and clinical discourses in position that allowed nurses to understand sufferers as unworthy of lifestyles. This research analyzes sufferer files as "inscriptions" that actively interfere in interactions in associations and that create a particular fact on their lonesome accord. The query isn't really no matter if the truth represented in the records is correct, yet particularly how records labored in associations and what their results have been. it's proven how nurses have been actively concerned about the development of sufferers' identities and the way those "documentary identities" ended in the demise of hundreds of thousands of people.

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67 Although the focus of the motherhouse was on sending nurses out to work in communities, this model was not meant to be limited to the parish nurse (comparable to what we call public health nurses nowadays) but was used for nurses working in hospitals as well. The motherhouses considered themselves communities for life: places of service and faith for unmarried women. 69 The parish deaconess was regarded as the “crown of the Female Diaconate,”70 and her work was based on strict boundaries. “Every Deaconess who wants to fulfill the duties of her office to please the Lord and to the contentment of the direction [of the motherhouse] in order to serve the one who suffers must be governed by the love of Christ, which becomes her inner law.

The Killings during the Nazi Regime 31 transferred from the asylum at Langenhorn. Even the top officials in Hamburg’s health administration – Kurt Struve, for example – had no idea where the Lübeck patients had gone. Some were transported to the asylums at Eichberg and Weilmünster ; some were also transferred to Hadamar. All of these asylums were also used by Langenhorn to directly deport its patients. 6 In the asylum at Eichberg chaotic conditions prevailed; barely any physicians were on staff and those that were were likely to be addicted to morphine.

45 Robert Proctor, The Nazi War on Cancer (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1999). 46 Nikolas Rose, The Politics of Life Itself: Biomedicine, Power, and Subjectivity in the TwentyFirst Century (New Jersey : Princeton University Press, 2007), 58. Explanatory Approaches 41 not merely the exercise of state power but strategies for governing life developed by many other authorities. 47 My book demonstrates that the decisions doctors and nurses made in regard to the killings of patients were not forced by the state or by a technocratic elite but rather were deliberately made by the psychiatrists and nurses themselves in the Langenhorn asylum based on scientific categorizations and internalized normative conceptions.

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