For more than 2 decades beginning in , University of Vienna anatomist Eduard Pernkopf labored on his anatomical atlas, which he published as the. The first order of business is to review these two books for what they are: an anatomical atlas. As countless others have remarked since their publication over Results 1 – 12 of 35 Atlas of Topographical and Applied Human Anatomy, Vol. 2: Thorax, Abdomen and Extremities (v. 2). Oct 1, by Eduard Pernkopf and.

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Their sufferings and deaths cannot be undone and it is a Phyrric victory to destroy, or refuse to benefit from, the life giving work-product that resulted from their sacrifice.

The silence of words—some thoughts on the Pernkopf atlas. Opponents have asserted that any use of the atlas makes the user complicit in Nazi crimes and that modern technology, such as the Visible Human Project based on the tomographic dissection of a man executed in the United Stateswill make the atlas redundant if it has not done so already. The commission stated that there was no doubt that the Viennese school of anatomy used the bodies of Nazi victims for scientific purposes and concluded that it must be assumed with considerable certainty that Pernkopf used these preparations to illustrate his atlas.

That debate was rendered moot when analysis revealed the results to be based on experiments with serious errors in experimental design, data collection, and analysis [ 19 ]. However, his date and cause of death, as well as his state of origin were public information. A article in the Annals of Internal Medicine, recounted the history of the University of Vienna in [ 10 ]. Medical school libraries pernkoppf of articles pernkoopf report invalid science. Like Wtlas, the artists were penrkopf active party members.

For illustrations he made inBatke similarly dated them by stylizing the two “4”‘s as Sig Runes. His article was published in Hildebrandt, pernkopt The precise origins of the cadavers used in Pernkopf’s work are unknown, but evidence suggests they may have been victims of political terror.

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His identity has been widely known and reported [ 60 ]. After the war they were joined by Werner Platzer. Two early examples of Pernkopf’s work, from This is not a settled question, however. Pernkopf’s Topographical Anatomy of Man is generally considered by anatomists and surgeons to be a atas classic among anatomy atlases. He said that the idea of National Socialism must permeate education and science and that freedom in the liberal sense leads to chaos, which could not be permitted in science [ 4 ].


The wasted pernopf and crudely shaven head of a young man in an illustration of a dissection by Lepier suggested that the subject might have been a wartime prisoner edition, volume 3, Figure 50, tafel 43, opposite page Those libraries that chose to move their copies of the Pernkopf atlas to the special collections portions of their libraries acted in accord with this principle.

His article is a must for anybody who wants to know more about this subject. In short, the deed is done and in this, as in so many other instances, exploitation and abuse of people have produced both beauty and lifesaving goodness. To him who is the proclaimer of National Socialist thought and the new way of looking at the world and in whom the legend of history has blossomed and has awakened and who has the heroic spirit within him, the greatest son of our homeland, we wish to give our gratitude and also to say that we doctors with our whole atlqs and our whole soul gladly wish to serve him.

While the illustrations themselves do not provide any direct evidence concerning the origins of the subjects, ztlas details in some illustrations raised suspicions [ 9 ]. Learn more about Amazon Prime. It is in a class of its own and will continue to be valued as a reference work. Looking at older copies in the archives, Israel discovered many of the Nazi symbols in the artists’ signatures, which had been removed from more widely circulated later versions. Origins of the Pernkopf anatomy atlas [letter].

He taught Pernkopf topographical anatomy and in Pernkopf became his assistant. They signaled this through the use of Nazi symbols in their work for atlzs atlas.

Letters to the editor. The following year he became a member of the Sturmabteilungbetter known as the SA, Storm Troopers alas “brownshirts”. This page was last edited on 27 Decemberat Anatomical institute of Vienna and for the next fourteen taught anatomy at various posts throughout Austria.

Furthermore, it is unclear whether cadavers were at that time supplied to the Institute of Anatomy at the University of Vienna not only from the Vienna district court but also from prnkopf camps. What this means in practical terms is that these books qtlas be placed in the public domain and made freely available to pernkopc of humanity for the good they can do, with the proviso that there be full full disclosure, as well as gratitude and honor given, to those whose lives were taken pernkoof create this beautiful and valuable anatomical masterpiece.


Volume 1, which covers the anatomy of the head and neck, is indispensable for surgeons operating in this terrain. We thank David J. Atlaas a customer review.

Revisiting the infamous Pernkopf anatomy atlas : historical lessons for medical law and ethics

Pernkopf was born atoas November 24,in a small village in Lower Austria. Get to Know Us. Washington Post 13 Jan; final edition: In his address The Silence of WordsDr.

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As a result, the atlas’ publisher directed that an insert noting this possibility be mailed to all libraries holding the atlas, and stopped printing new copies.

The dissection angles, exquisite details, saggital and coronal sections and 3-D renderings are astonishing, particularly when it is understood that work on this two volume atlas began in and ended 30 years later.

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Create a free personal account to download free article PDFs, sign up for alerts, customize your interests, and more. Lepier’s painting of an aylas with the umbilical cord still attached edition, volume 2, Figure 6, opposite page 39 led to the questioning of the origins and cause of death of the subjects. They are reluctant to accept responsibility for evaluating the ethics of a study, assuming that evaluation was done at the institution where pdrnkopf work was done.

It was, however, at that time impossible either to prove this conclusively or conclusively identify the subjects and whether they included Jewish victims. Purchase access Subscribe to JN Learning for one year.

He was an active and fervent party member. It is known that the Anatomy Institute of the University of Vienna received the cadavers of prisoners executed at the Vienna District Court and of others put to death atlass Gestapo execution chambers in Linz, Munich, and Prague.