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March 1974

Gray's Anatomy, 35th British edition.

Arch Surg. 1974;108(3):384. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1974.01350270114032

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This monumental work is something of a landmark in anatomic texts. "Anatomy–where does it happen, chemistry–how does it happen." With these words, a colleague once summed up the case for dismissing physiology as a needed discipline, yet physiology still is "what happens." But anatomy, to fulfill its role of really explaining where all happens, must present all its modern day facets, ultrastructure, and histochemistry, but relate these matters to gross anatomy as well. In this latest British edition of Gray's, the new editors and main authors, Professors Warwick and Williams, have given us a new text indeed, by integrating those views of the construction of the body obtained by microscopical and other techniques with those appreciated through dissection and the unaided eye. They have thus produced a basic consideration of organs and parts, not only as major structures, but as tissues and cells at the same time–precisely as

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