Doctors are some of the most trusted people in society. Every day, people put their own lives in the hands of physicians and surgeons when they are ill and need treating. This position makes them highly regarded in communities around the world, in large part due to the essential work they carry out and the lives that they can enhance or save. That doesn't mean that all doctors are entirely trustworthy though, and in fact, some have crossed a line that seems entirely horrific to the majority of the population.
This can manifest in several different ways. Doctors looking to advance medicine may use unconventional methods or take short cuts that put patients at increased risk. However, a small number of doctors have taken this to an extreme over the past century or so. Instead of carrying out experiments on patients who have given their full consent and understand completely what the test will entail, some doctors have used more clandestine methods that involve concealing the true intentions of the experiment or testing on people who have given no consent.
In extreme cases, some particularly shocking medical practitioners have even gone further and forced vulnerable people into experiments against their will. In these instances, those involved are usually the most vulnerable in society, such as prisoners or the poor and uneducated, and involve horrendous acts against them.
10 John Charles Cutler
9 Aubrey Levin
8 Marion Sims
7 Wendell Johnson
6 Albert Kligman
5 Oliver Wenger
4 Herta Oberheuser
3 Grigory Mairanovsky
2 Eugene Saenger
1 Sigmund Rascher
Sigmund Rascher, along with Ernst Holzlohner, was responsible for the freezing experiments that were conducted under the Nazi regime during World War II. The details of the grisly experiments first came to light at the Doctors’ Trials. Rascher was concerned with finding ways of combatting freezing temperatures that German forces were experiencing on the Eastern Front. The tests included submerging prisoners in ice cold water for hours at a time, forcing them to endure extreme weather outdoors with no protective clothing. In other experiments, captured troops would be partially frozen and then thrown into boiling water in an attempt to rewarm them.
Sources: bbc.com, theguardian.com, nytimes.com
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