March 1960

Anatomy of the Human Body.

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27th Edition. By Henry Gray, F.R.S., edited by Charles Mayo Goss, M.D. Price, $17.50. Pp. 1,458, with 1,174 illustrations. Lea & Febiger, 600 S. Washington Sq., Philadelphia 6, 1959.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1960;105(3):502. doi:10.1001/archinte.1960.00270150156027

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The fact that Gray's "Anatomy" has been in use in this country for one hundred years and is one of, if not the, most popular standard anatomy texts virtually precludes its requiring a review. This centennial edition lives up to the Gray tradition of being adequately and colorfully illustrated throughout, and is a further improvement in a continuous line of improved editions. If one views the entire work, it can be seen that the format has not been significantly altered, utilizing the excellent representations of anatomy characteristic of Gray's "Anatomy," which have undoubtedly contributed to its seemingly perpetual success and popularity.

The most drastic revisions are seen in the sections on the nervous and cardiovascular systems. In most respects the nervous system seems improved by the more extensive use of semidiagrammatic cross sections and some more recent contributions in the area of neurology. On the other hand it appeared that

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