The Nuremberg Code is 70 – the eruption of modern medical ethics
RDV on Friday, February 16, 2018 for the Conference of Bruno Halioua, Physician, Historian, author of The Nuremberg Doctors Trial, (Érès, 2017)
Location: GHPSJ Meeting Room, Notre Dame de Bon Secours, Lv -1.
Schedule: from 13h to 14h.
“On August 19, 1947, Judge Walter Beals, who presided over the Nuremberg doctors’ trial for 139 days, established the criteria for defining “lawful medical experiments “. In this trial, which ended on August 21, 1947, the world discovered the scale and horror of the medical experiments that have been conducted on men, women and children in concentration camps. The ethical issues raised by the prosecution’s medical experts and their responses to the arguments of the accused and their lawyers formed the basis of the Nuremberg Code.
The drafting of the Nuremberg Code is an event of fundamental historical significance both legally and medically. It establishes for the first time the legitimacy of medical experiments, while setting limits to protect those who participate through the introduction of “informed consent”. It announces the birth of modern bioethics.
About the Author
Bruno Halioua is a dermatologist, lecturer in the history of medicine at the University Paris IV-Sorbonne.