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November 15, 1930

Anatomy of the Human Body.

JAMA. 1930;95(20):1526. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02720200062030

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William Gray, the author of this textbook of anatomy, died of smallpox at the age of 34. He saw only the first edition of his book, published in 1858, which consisted of 750 pages and contained 363 illustrations. His work was done so well that it has lived through twenty-two editions and still contains many of the original illustrations and much of the original text. The editors have endeavored to adhere to the original plan and have supplied only such changes as advances in science made necessary in order to put at the service of students the latest accessions to anatomic knowledge. Among the great advances made since the first American edition appeared in 1859 have been those in microscopic anatomy and the anatomy of the embryo. New material on these subjects has come to occupy a considerable portion of the text, although the main portion has always remained primarily

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