Doctors of Infamy

Doctors of Infamy: The Story of the Nazi Medical Crimes (1949) is a book by Alexander Mitscherlich and Fred Mielke which begins with a statement on the intention of its publication and includes a documentation of the Doctors' Trial in Nuremberg that was held from 9 December 1946 until 20 August 1947.[1]

In Germany, the first edition appeared in 1947. It was the interim report of the umbrella organization of doctors' associations in Western Germany who had sent out a commission of six observers to the Nuremberg trials. This commission was headed by young Mitscherlich because none of the established colleagues would have taken on this task in their own name.[2] This edition oappeared before the trial was closed and met with an action for injunction by certain doctors. As a result of the trial, some parts of the study were eliminated in the subsequent enlarged edition of 1949 which was the final report on the part of the doctors' associations. From 1960 onwards the book was made available in German in a paperback edition. For the 1977 reprint of this edition, Mitscherlich wrote a new preface. The most recent edition is the 18th impression of 2012.


Previous editions in German
1960 paperback edition in German



  1. The book also includes the Nuremberg Code (1947) on pages xxiii-xxv which was drafted by Leo Alexander.
  2. »Medizin ohne Menschlichkeit«. Vor 60 Jahren begann der Nürnberger Ärzteprozess, in: Antifaschistisches Infoblatt, 73, 4.2006:46–49.
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