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Anatomy of Malice: The Enigma of the Nazi War Criminals by [Joel E. Dimsdale]

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“Since before the Second World War ended psychiatrists and psychologists have been trying to understand the minds of the Nazi leadership. Dimsdale takes a fresh look at the nature of wickedness, and at our attempts to explain it. This is a must read. - Sir Simon Wessely, Royal College of Psychiatrists"This harrowing tale and detective story asks whether the Nazi War Criminals were fundamentally like other people, or fundamentally different. Compelling and well told, it reexamines a historical period we must never forget, and its central question is at the heart of what it is to be human." - T.M. Luhrmann, author of When God Talks Back“In this fascinating and compelling journey into the depraved minds of some of the Nazi leaders, a respected scientist who has long studied the Holocaust asks probing questions about the nature of malice. I could not put this book down. - Thomas N. Wise, MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine“Exciting, provocative, and surprising, this compelling book explores the diverse personalities that contributed to the evil of the Nazi regime. Collecting and integrating their stories, Dimsdale explores the frequently unsolved challenges of psychiatric and psychological assessments and the role of the assessor. - Winfried Rief, University of Marburg, Germany “A masterful and rigorous portrayal of the trial of the Nazi war criminals. Superbly written and meticulously researched, this is a riveting narrative of the trial, the Nazi criminals, and the psychologist who analyzed them. - Irvin Yalom, Stanford University "In Anatomy of Malice, [Joel Dimsdale] provides a meandering, thoughtful . . . overview, for the layman, of the minds of Nazi leaders, the differing views of the doctors who examined them, and psychology's possible contribution to explicating the causes of evil." - New York Times Book Review  --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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Joel E. Dimsdale is distinguished professor emeritus and research professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego. He lives in San Diego, CA. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B01EUYN6BG
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Yale University Press (28 May 2016)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 6627 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 257 pages
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Dr. Dimsdale is the author of >500 publications and is the author of Dark Persuasion: a History of Brainwashing from Pavlov to Social Media, Yale University Press (forthcoming August, 2021). He obtained his BA degree in biology from Carleton College and then his MA in sociology and MD degree from Stanford University. He obtained his psychiatric training at Massachusetts General Hospital and then completed a fellowship in psychobiology at the New England Regional Primate Center. He was on the faculty of Harvard Medical School from 1976 until 1985, when he moved to University of California, San Diego (UCSD).

Dimsdale is Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the department of psychiatry at UCSD. His clinical subspecialty is consultation psychiatry and his research focuses on stress, sleep, and quality of life. He is a former career awardee of the American Heart Association, and is past-president of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, the American Psychosomatic Society, and the Society of Behavioral Medicine. He is on numerous editorial boards, including editor-at-large Journal Psychosomatic Research, is editor-in-chief emeritus of Psychosomatic Medicine, and is a previous guest editor of Circulation. He has been a consultant to the President's Commission on Mental Health, the Institute of Medicine, the National Academies of Science, NASA, and NIH. He was a member of the DSM5 taskforce and chaired the workgroup studying somatic symptom disorders.

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