Sarah Wise

On the Slab

The Making of Mr Gray’s Anatomy: Bodies, Books, Fortune, Fame


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Gray’s Anatomy was 150 years old this summer, and the fortieth edition is about to roll off the presses. Its original publication marked a quiet revolution in medical textbooks – with all the flab of wordy text, confusingly sited captions, windy footnotes and over-elaborate illustrations pared away to leave an unprecedentedly helpful (and affordable) student’s guide to the human body.

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