Friday, January 11, 2008

The Anatomist .... Gray's Anatomy Revealed

Found a great "downtime"read The Anatomist: A True Story of Gray's Anatomy . As anyone in the medical field, mortuary field; any field involving the body.... or just plain curiosity knows; "Gray's Anatomy" is a staple.

Think about it. The book was written before computers, videos; Medical Shows (Dr. Gannon; Dr. Kildare or heaven forbid Dr. McDreamy ; ). This was the book that showed how the body "fit together." First published in 1858, "Gray's Anatomy" has NEVER been out of print and is one of the most enduring and famous textbooks in the English language. It's detailed anatomical diagrams and descriptions continue to influence the artists of today and the past.

"The Anatomist" written by Bill Hayes attempts to reveal the man behind the diagrams, Henry Gray. As you read, you find out that "Gray's Anatomy" is pretty much all that remains of the London medical student who became one of the reading anatomists of his day prior to his death in 1861 at age 34. None of Gray's letters, journals or manuscripts have survived.

Interestingly enough, Hayes also announces another discovery... that thought the book bears his name, Gray did not actually draw any of it's 400 diagrams. The drawings were the handiwork of Gray's collaborator, H.V. Carter, whose name was left off some subsequent editions of the book.

If you are looking for something to read, "The Anatomist" will delight, surprise and interest you.

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