*Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, November, 1999, 92:590-593, Genocidal Doctors, by Jeremy Hugh Baron.
Even though I am a physician, I cannot ignore my nationhood. I came into this world a Turk. My national identification takes precedence over everything else... Armenian traitors had found a niche for themselves in the bosom of the fatherland; they were dangerous microbes. Isn't it the duty of a doctor to destroy these microbes? Either the Armenians would liquidate the Turks and become proprietors of this land or they would be liquidated by the Turks. I couldn't hesitate as to my opinion, and I opted. My Turkishness prevailed over my medical calling. Of course my conscience is bothering me, but I couldn't see my country disappearing. I shut my eyes and surged forth without reservation. As to historical responsibility I couldn't care less what historians of other nations write about me.
From an interview with Ittihad party Secretary-General Midhat Sukru (Bleda) in "Resimli Tarih" 5 July 1953 and in "İmparatorluğun Çöküşü" (Istanbul: Remzi, 1979), pp.57-9, It is also said that Dr. Resid had a diary in which he recorded with great care the daily events and his reflections. During the war he had published a booklet. "How to Deal with the Armenians" (Jhogovourtee Tzain, 25 January 1919)
A doctor named Aziz Bey told me that when he was at Merzifon in the of vilayet Sivas he heard that a caravan of Armenians was being sent to execution. He went to the kaimakam and said to him: 'You know I am a doctor and there is no difference between doctors and butchers as doctors are mostly occupied in cutting up mankind. And as the duties of a kaimakam at this time are also like our own - cutting up human bodies - I beg you to let me see this surgical operation.' Permission was given, and the doctor went. He found four butchers, each with a long knife; the gendarmes divided the Armenians into parties of ten, and sent them up to the butchers one by one. The butcher told the Armenian to stretch out his neck; he did so, and was slaughtered like a sheep. The doctor was amazed at their steadfastness in the presence of death, not saying a word, or showing any sign of fear.
*Faiz El-Ghusein, Martyred Armenia, pp. 27, 28.
Dr. Salaheddin relates:
... a large number of Armenians succumbed to these inhuman experiments, they hardly contributed to the health of others... No positive results whatsoever were obtained. The unfortunate Armenians, whose existence was relegated to levels lower then animals, were victimised in the name of certain obscure points of science.
*Ikdam, 26 December 1918
Here is the first methodical introduction of gas chambers. A testimony of the gas chambers during the proceedings of the military tribunal was published in the Istanbul Newspaper Renaissance, 27 April 1919.
First we didn't realize what was happening. But one day we heard cries that abruptly ceased and were followed by a deathly silence. We then paid closer attention to what was happening. The baskets at the door of the "disinfection" hall told everything. It appears that Dr. Saib trapped the victims in a chamber equipped with some kind of toxic gas equipment with fatal effects. Those baskets were used elsewhere, such as at the Red Crescent Hospital, then the bodies of the dead or dying were disposed by dumping them in the Black Sea nearby.
The Turkish surgeon, Dr. Haydar Cemal wrote in Türkce Istanbul, No. 45, 23 December 1918, it was also published in Renaissance, 26 December 1918
What I would like to bring to your attention are the barbarities committed against the Armenians in some fashion through scientific methods. It is against the conscience to allow this question to lapse and to be consigned to oblivion. Thus I would like to submit to the sense of honor and conscience of the members of the Inquiry Commission the facts I personally observed; it is up to them to decide on the measures to adopt against the authors of these misdeeds.
On the order of the Chief Sanitation Office of the IIIrd Army in January 1916, when the spread of typhus was an acute problem, innocent Armenians slated for deportation at Erzican were inoculated with the blood of typhoid fever patients without rendering that blood inactive. This experiment, suitable only for animals slated for vivisection, resulted in the death of a great number of unfortunate Armenians who were duped into believing that the injection was for remedial purposes. When publishing the results in the Journal of Military Medicine, the honorable Professor simply stated that the subjects were men condemned to death, without identifying them as Armenians. I personally was a witness of the criminal experiment which the Professor in question inflicted upon people whose sole guilt was that they belonged to the Armenian nation.
These atrocities committed against the Armenians were at once administrative and scientific. They constitute a stain for the medical profession. I am ready to furnish details on this affair.
in the same city of Erzincan there was another series of serum the main purpose of Professor Hamidi Saud's experiments was examining the "differential impacts of the serum on such organs as the heart, brain, liver, etc., for which he used Armenian soldiers [from the Ottoman Army] engaged in labour battalions.
Physician training of the criminals prepared to kill the Armenians. From the Turkish newspaper "Sabah" Nov. 21, 1918:
Did you not drop by every morning at Talât's home to receive your atrocious orders from that brigand chief [çetebaşı]? Did you not, as a result of a decision reached at Ittihad's party headquarters, release from the central prison of Istanbul the most ferocious murderers so that they could kill with axes the innocent Armenians in the vicinity of towns and villages of which they were the inhabitants? Did you not order similar releases from prisons in the provinces? Was it not formation of the brigand criminals taking place in the office of the same procurer-general of the Appellate Court which was located just below your own office? Did not this organizational work continue for weeks during which one could observe the general purpose to select the most bloodthirsty murderers and enroll them in the brigand cadres [of the Special Organization] for which end you appointed the procurer-general of the Appellate Court, whereas [the] War Minister was represented by a high ranking officer? Furthermore, was not a physician appointed also to determine whether the selected convicts would be fit to apply a degree of savagery of killing you required? Were not the prison convicts being brought to the corridors located outside of the offices of the procurer-general, the chamber of the Criminal Court, and the Courtroom itself?
We can see from the other quote that the physicians examination etc., was part of these trainings. Dr. Resid was known to be one of the head planners of the training of the criminals as well as the use of morphine as tool for killing children, when he used the Red Crescent hospitals as killing places. Cavalry Lieutenant Fadil Harun testified during the same Trabzon trial that Dr. B. Sakir, one of the heads of the planners of the crimes against the Armenians, was acted in the poisoning of children as well as the mass drowning in the Black Sea. The Yozgat trial: "The male and female infants were taken to barges and boats in batches [to be] drowned (bahra ilka etmekle bogdurup mahv ettikleri).
Dr. Saib (Director of Trabzons Health Services) was also implicated on the killings. Dr. Ziya Fuad, the health service inspector during the Trabzon trial sitting, recognised that Dr. Said "caused the death of untold numbers of Armenian children who were injected with morphine." These informations were provided by Drs. Ragib and Vehib, Saibs colleagues at Trabzons Red Crescent hospital.
For more informations, read Dadrians essay about the issue.
Edited by Fadix, 31 July 2003 - 05:58 PM.