Doctor Who Described Asperger's Syndrome Had Nazi Ties, New Study Says

Doctor Who Described Asperger's Syndrome Had Nazi Ties, New Study Says

3:06pm Apr 20, 2018
A memorial to victims killed in a Nazi euthanasia program is seen at the Am Spiegelgrund clinic in Vienna in 2003. (Ronald Zak/AP)

The Austrian pediatrician Hans Asperger is known for his pioneering work describing the form of autism that now bears his name. But previously unexamined documents now show Asperger was also involved with a notorious euthanasia program run by Nazis in Austria.

Here & Now‘s Eric Westervelt (@Ericnpr) speaks with Herwig Czech, a medical historian at the Medical University of Vienna who discovered Asperger’s secret past.

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