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I have been told that some of experiments done by Nazi doctors had become the precursor for some early work in radiotherapy and other cancer treatments.

This may very easily be Nazi sympathizer propaganda though so maybe someone with actual knowledge of the beginnings of cancer research can enlighten me as to whether there is any truth to this claim?

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    As in xkcd.com/984 (rockets rather than cancer treatment) – Henry Nov 30 '14 at 17:58
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    I do not think there is any sensible reason to suspect scientists working under bad regimes cannot produce good research. Generally, German scientist were among the very best in the first quarter of the 20th century, and, though some disciplines did suffer under the idealogical and plain racial prosecution, many continued to thrive, and medicine was certainly among them. There is quite a lot on this in the book Hitler's Scientists, by the way. – P_S Nov 30 '14 at 18:21
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    Do all German scientists from 1933 onward count as "Nazi doctors" for the purposes of this question? – ChrisW Nov 30 '14 at 20:28
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    Is this question really "Were cancer treatments developed using knowledge obtained in Nazi Germany using practices which would have been considered unethical in liberal democracies of the same era?" – Reluctant_Linux_User Dec 2 '14 at 13:04
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    related question on HSM. – HDE 226868 Dec 4 '14 at 18:30

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