Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: Nuremberg Code

  • The Doctors’ Trial and the Nuremberg Code

    Shabrina Jarrell Charleston, West Virginia, United States   “Dachau Concentration Camp workers.” Photo by Dale Cruse on Flickr. CC BY 2.0. Tracing back to the Hippocratic Oath, which dates to around 400 BC, the principle of autonomy has been fundamental to the concept of informed consent.1,2 The Oath, a pledge historically taken by physicians, outlines…

  • The Montreal Experiments: Brainwashing and the ethics of psychiatric experimentation

    Shaan Bhambra Montreal, Canada   The Allan Memorial Institute (pictured here), where the Montreal Experiments were conducted as a part of the CIA’s MKUltra project on brainwashing, continues to serve patients of the Psychiatry Department of the Royal Victoria Hospital. Photo by chrisinphilly5448 on Flickr. CC BY-SA 2.0. “We do not merely destroy our enemies;…