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February 16, 1990

Gray's Anatomy

Author Affiliations

Emory University School of Medicine Atlanta, Ga

Emory University School of Medicine Atlanta, Ga

JAMA. 1990;263(7):1017-1018. doi:10.1001/jama.1990.03440070105047

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In 1853, at 26 years of age, Henry Gray of St George's Hospital in London received the Astley Cooper Prize for his dissertation "On the Structure and Use of the Spleen." His opponent was Edwards Crisp, the so-called Splenic Anatomist. Perhaps the committee prophetically saw something in Henry Gray, because five years later, in 1858, the first edition of his Anatomy was published in 750 pages and 363 figures. Gray was lucky enough to have an excellent artist, Dr Carter, in the same way that Vesalius had Calcar. I wish that I had been there to see the reaction on the beautiful face of Gray, who could be described in the words of William Hazlitt as "a person one would wish to have seen."

In the preface to this 37th edition, editors Peter L. Williams, Roger Warwick, Mary Dyson, and Lawrence H. Bannister emphasize the ecumenical spirit that must exist