The holocaust and medicine—a learning moment

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 22 September 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:668
  1. Uri Weinberg, MD/PhD, programme fifth year medical student (,
  2. Shmuel Reis, coordinator, programme for the study of the holocaust and medicine (
  1. The R and B Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel

    A day after holocaust memorial day, I (UW), as an anatomy instructor, was preparing for a first year students' lesson with a colleague. A question arose, and we looked for the answer in the anatomy textbooks that we had at that time. We were surprised to find a copy of Pernkopf's Atlas, with its detailed manner and unique style of illustrations. Shocked and trembling, we came across an illustration of a neck dissection of a shaven headed man which, according to the illustrator's signature, had …

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