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The State of Health: Illness in Nazi Germany

Geoffrey Campbell Cocks


The State of Health: Illness in Nazi Germany explores and analyses the experience of illness in German society under National Socialism. As is well known, the Nazis mobilized medicine for cruel and illusory purposes of racial cultivation and extermination. What has been much less understood is that the experience of health and illness in the Third Reich also marked a crucial juncture in the history of the modern self and body in Germany and the West. The secular and material bourgeois self was a product of the industrial and commercial society Germany had become before Hitler. The ... More

Keywords: illness, health, body, mind, self, medicine, drugs, modernity, Nazi Germany, Second World War

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199695676
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695676.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Geoffrey Campbell Cocks, author
Professor of History, Albion College, Michigan