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Gray's Anatomy 1858

12 Jun 2015

Steffi Sams

Gray's Anatomy - spineToday, 13th June, is the anniversary of Henry Gray’s death from smallpox at the age of only 34 (1861). In August 1858, Henry Gray and Henry Vandyke Carter published the first edition of Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical, in a print run of 2,000 copies. It is bound in brown, embossed bookbinder’s cloth with gold-lettered “Gray’s Anatomy” on the spine. This year will see the 41st edition of this enduring reference book, but here we share some images of our first edition with Carter’s stunningly detailed anatomical drawings, most of which had incorporated labels, a novel approach at the time.

Gray's Anatomy - cerebral veinsGray's Anatomy - sectional view of the nose, mouth, pharynxGray's Anatomy - muscles of chest and front of armsGray's Anatomy - arteries of gluteal and posterior femoral regionsGray's Anatomy - deep lymphatic vessels and glandsGray's Anatomy - the sympathetic nerveGray's Anatomy - vena cava

Steffi Sams, Information Services Manager


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