When Reinhard Heydrich was severely injured after the assassination attempt on him,Operation Anthropoid, Himmler ordered his personal physician,Karl Gebhardt, to attend to Heydrich’s injuries.
Initially the recovery appeared to go well. Theodor Morell, Hitler’s personal physician, suggested the use of sulfonamides ,which was a new antibacterial drug,, but Gebhardt, assuming that Heydrich would recover, declined the suggestion.
But a few days later Heydrich died. Hitler blamed Gebhardt for Heydrich’s death, claiming he died of gangrene.
Gebhardt constructed experiments in conjunction with with Himmler to prove to Hitler that the decision not to use sulfonamides had been the correct one.
In Ravensbrück concentration camp,Heydrich’s injuries were re-created in detail on some female inmates of the camp. To find out just what had gone wrong, camp doctors would purposely maximize the potential for infections by inserting glass shards and by injecting various virulent bacteria, in the open wounds before stitching them up.
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