Sabine Hildebrandt
Sabine Hildebrandt, M.D.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Current research includes:

  • History of under-researched individual anatomical departments and projects on related medical disciplines, such as gynecology
  • Ethics in anatomical education, national and international: development of recommendations and guidelines on various questions of ethics in anatomy
  • Medicine during and beyond the Holocaust: reconstruction of biographies of victims and survivors
  • Work on project: Reframing Anatomy as a “Safe Space” for Acquiring Professional Competencies: The Role of History and Ethics of Anatomy in Medical Education

Dr. Hildebrandt is an assistant professor of pediatrics in the Division of General Pediatrics, Department of Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital, and a lecturer on Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. After medical studies at the University of Marburg, Germany, and a professional start in experimental rheumatology, she became an anatomical educator. In this capacity she worked at the University of Michigan Medical School from 2002 to 2013, and since then at Harvard. Her research interests are the history and ethics of anatomy, and specifically the history of anatomy in National Socialist Germany, a field in which she is an internationally recognized expert. One focus of her work is the restoration of biographies of victims of the Holocaust. Her educational approach integrates anatomy, medical history and medical ethics. She teaches these topics at Harvard Medical School and Harvard College. Her book “The Anatomy of Murder: Ethical Transgressions and Anatomical Science during the Third Reich”, published by Berghahn Books in 2016 and in paperback July 2017, is the first systematic study of anatomy during National Socialism.

Anatomy, Education, and Ethics in a Changing World.
Authors: Authors: Cornwall J, Hildebrandt S.
Anat Sci Educ
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BODIES R US: Ethical Views on the Commercialization of the Dead in Medical Education and Research.
Authors: Authors: Champney TH, Hildebrandt S, Gareth Jones D, Winkelmann A.
Anat Sci Educ
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Ethical considerations in the use of Pernkopf's Atlas of Anatomy: A surgical case study.
Authors: Authors: Yee A, Zubovic E, Yu J, Ray S, Hildebrandt S, Seidelman WE, Polak RJA, Grodin MA, Coert JH, Brown D, Kodner IJ, Mackinnon SE.
Surgery
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Nerve Surgeons' Assessment of the Role of Eduard Pernkopf's Atlas of Topographic and Applied Human Anatomy in Surgical Practice.
Authors: Authors: Yee A, Coombs DM, Hildebrandt S, Seidelman WE, Coert JH, Mackinnon SE.
Neurosurgery
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The Role of History and Ethics of Anatomy in Medical Education.
Authors: Authors: Hildebrandt S.
Anat Sci Educ
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Letter to the Editor: Nazi Medicine-Part 2: The Downfall of a Profession and Pernkopf's Anatomy Atlas.
Authors: Authors: Yee A, Hildebrandt S, Seidelman WE, Mackinnon SE.
Clin Orthop Relat Res
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In Reply: Nerve Surgeons' Assessment of the Role of Eduard Pernkopf's Atlas of Topographic and Applied Human Anatomy in Surgical Practice.
Authors: Authors: Yee A, Coombs DM, Hildebrandt S, Seidelman WE, Coert JH, Mackinnon SE.
Neurosurgery
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"Forgotten" Chapters in the History of Transcervical Sterilization: Carl Clauberg and Hans-Joachim Lindemann.
Authors: Authors: Hildebrandt S, Benedict S, Miller E, Gaffney M, Grodin MA.
J Hist Med Allied Sci
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Alfred Pischinger (1899-1983): An Austrian career in anatomy continuing through National Socialism to postwar leadership.
Authors: Authors: Hildebrandt S, Czarnowski G.
Ann Anat
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The incompatibility of the use of unclaimed bodies with ethical anatomical education in the United States.
Authors: Authors: Kahn PA, Champney TH, Hildebrandt S.
Anat Sci Educ
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