Carlos Negrete Posted over 3 years ago Banning science because of racist origins It is to my understanding that the main problem of ethics with this case was that these bodies were sent to Dr. Perkopf DURING nazi times. Which means the nazis murdered these people and then sent them to be studied to the University of Vienna. Which is of course wrong. I think it is proper to ban the book. If only to discourage allowing these sorts of atrocities. You are right, knowledge is knowledge however we can not reward Eduard Pernkopf's work because of how it came about. We have to discourage any investigators from 'sacrificing' their ethics for the good of scientific advancement with the idea that in the end their work will be published anyway. They must know that if the don't follow scientific ethics, they will NOT be acknowledged and their knowledge will NOT be shared. At least I believe that is the justification behind banning Dr. Pernkopf's work. I think comparing to works that speak OF the holocaust is unfair. Since these works mention it's atrocities to make people conscious of it's horrors. Dr. Pernkopf's work is a product of these horrors and takes advantage of them in a sort of positive way.