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February 2002

On First Looking Into Pernkopf's Atlas: Some Further Comments

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Arch Dermatol. 2002;138(2):266-267. doi:10.1001/archderm.138.2.266

I read with interest the article "On First Looking Into Pernkopf's Atlas" by Norton in the May 2001 issue of the ARCHIVES.1 I first became aware of Pernkopf and his book, Topographische Anatomie des Menschen (Atlas of Topographical and Applied Human Anatomy), after reading about it in the British Medical Journal in 1996,2 and as a result of this and my feelings about this book, I enrolled in a master's program in Medical Ethics at the University of Wales in Swansea. My degree dissertation concerns the moral problems of the use of the dead and deals with the moral worth that is placed upon the dead and the issues of consent, personhood of the dead, and sanctity of life vs respect for the dead. Pernkopf and his atlas are mentioned.

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