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May 1961

A Brief Account of Henry Gray, F.R.S., and His Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical, During a Century of Its Publication in America

Arch Intern Med. 1961;107(5):791-792. doi:10.1001/archinte.1961.03620050157026

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Osler once said that an interesting history of American medicine could be written from a study of the catalogues of one of the important American medical book publishers. This book does this for Gray and his justly famous Anatomy. For more years than he probably is willing to admit Charles Mayo Goss has edited the American edition of Gray's Anatomy. Now he has collected the rather skimpy biographical material about the originator of this book and followed the extraordinary developments and occasional vicissitudes of an important medical treatise, the anatomical Bible for many generations of first-year medical students. Its life of just over 100 years spans many important phases of American medicine. Heroes of Western biology and medicine often have a great wealth of biographical material about them. Sometimes one thinks the riches bear a reciprocal relationship to the importance of the subject. If this be true, Gray is an

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