Medicine: Infamy Haunts a Top Award

A research prize is canceled because of a Nazi connection

The honor has been called the "Nobel Prize of liver research." Given every three years since 1970 by the Falk Foundation of Freiburg, West Germany, the Eppinger Prize carries an award of $5,000, and among hepatologists (liver specialists), a generous measure of international prestige. But last spring, when Dr. Howard Spiro, 60, a Yale gastroenterologist, first heard of the Eppinger Prize, his reaction was one of horror. He clearly remembered reading about a pioneering Viennese liver specialist named Hans Eppinger who had planned vicious...

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