An illustration from the atlas shows a man's partially dissected cheek

Eduard Pernkopf: The Nazi book of anatomy still used by surgeons

19 December, 2019

The innocuous-sounding Pernkopf Topographic Anatomy of Man is described by Rabbi Joseph Polak, a Holocaust survivor and professor of health law, as a “moral enigma” because it is derived from “real evil, but can be used in the service of good”. Also known as Pernkopf’s Atlas, and considered to be the best example of anatomical drawings in the world, it’s no longer in print because the book’s findings came from the bodies of hundreds of people killed by the Nazis. The book’s dark past has meant scientists have grappled with the ethics involved in its use. Under what circumstances, if any, could these images be used in the service of healing?

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via the BBC, 19 August 2019