Eduard Pernkopf: The Nazi Book of Anatomy Still Used by Surgeons

August 20, 2019

(BBC) – Critics say the book is tainted by its dark past and scientists have grappled with the ethics involved in its use. Dr Mackinnon says she feels uncomfortable with its origin, but using the book is a crucial part of being an “ethical surgeon” – and that she could not do her job without it. Rabbi Joseph Polak – a Holocaust survivor and professor of health law – believes the book is a “moral enigma” because it is derived from “real evil, but can be used in the service of good”.