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April 9, 1997

Origins of the Pernkopf Anatomy Atlas-Reply

Author Affiliations

Saint Barnabas Medical Center Livingston, NJ

JAMA. 1997;277(14):1123. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03540380037022

In Reply.  —We cannot forget. We cannot forget that Pernkopf represented an abhorrent evil. We cannot forget that Pernkopf desecrated the traditions of our civilization. We cannot forget that Pernkopf violated the precepts of the Hippocratic oath. We cannot forget that Pernkopf's character and actions were so aberrant as to irrevocably taint his work. We cannot forget that there is really no acceptable rationalization to preserve Pernkopf's legacy within our medical culture except as a symbol of what our societal values obligate us to repudiate.1