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This special low-priced edition is for sale in India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Myanmar, Pakistan and Sri Lanka only. About The Author: Henry Gray, F.R.S., Fellow of the royal college of Surgeons: Lecturer on anatomy at St. George?s Hospital Medical School. Table Of Contents: Descriptive and Surgical Anatomy The Articulations Muscles and Fasclae The Blood-vascular system The Lymphatics The Nervous system The Organs of special sense The Organs of Digestion The Organs of voice and respiration The urinary organs The Male Organs of Generation The Female Organs of Generation The Surgical Anatomy of Hernia Surgical Anatomy of the Perinaeum General Anatomy or Histology Embryology

1257 pages, Hardcover

First published January 1, 1858

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Henry Gray

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Henry Gray (1827 - 13 June 1861) was an English anatomist and surgeon most notable for publishing the book Gray's Anatomy. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) at the age of 25.

He was born in Belgravia, London, in 1827 and lived most of his life in London.

In 1845, Gray entered as a student at St. George’s Hospital, London (then situated in Belgravia, now in Tooting), and he is described by those who knew him as a most painstaking and methodical worker, and one who learnt his anatomy by the slow but invaluable method of making dissections for himself.
While still a student, in 1848 he secured the triennial prize of Royal College of Surgeons for an essay entitled “The Origin, Connexions and Distribution of nerves to the human eye and its appendages, illustrated by comparative dissections of the eye in other vertebrate animals”.

In 1852, at the early age of 25, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society, and in the following year he obtained the Astley Cooper prize of three hundred guineas for a dissertation “On the structure and Use of Spleen”.

In 1858 Gray published the first edition of Anatomy, which covered 750 pages and contained 363 figures. He had the good fortune of securing the help of his friend Henry Vandyke Carter, a skilled draughtsman and formerly a demonstrator of anatomy at St. George’s Hospital. Carter made the drawings from which the engravings were executed, and the success of the book was, in the first instance, undoubtedly due in no small measure to the excellence of its illustrations. This edition was dedicated to Sir Benjamin Collins Brodie, Bart, FRS, DCL. A second edition was prepared by Gray and published in 1860. The book is still published under the title Gray's Anatomy and is widely appreciated as an extraordinary and authoritative textbook for medical students.

He held successively the posts of demonstrator of Anatomy, curator of the museum, and Lecturer of Anatomy at St. George’s Hospital, and was in 1861 a candidate for the post of assistant surgeon.

Gray was struck by an attack of confluent smallpox, which he contracted while looking after a nephew who was suffering from that disease. He died in London on 13 June 1861 at the age of 34 and was buried at Highgate Cemetery

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296 reviews42 followers
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October 24, 2013
I'm currently using my dad's ancient copy of this book to flatten out my Skyrim map so that I can frame it and hang it above my desk. It seems to be doing a bang-up job so far.
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437 reviews25 followers
October 28, 2011
This may seem a strange book to have on one's five star list. However, it has been central to my life for thirty years. Now in its fortieth edition (originally published in 1858) it has been the keystone to learning human anatomy by medical students and doctors. Its illustrations are works of art, the labelling beautiful and the text, occasionally grandiose and impenetrable, memorable. Gray died shortly after the first publication, his intent being to produce a cheap (£150 for the current edition - I hope his family gets royalties, readable and complete anatomy book. One hundred and fifty years later i think you can say that he succeeded.
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17 reviews
June 3, 2017
1,280 pages later and here I am. I think I'm smarter now?
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1,933 reviews73 followers
July 1, 2020
This one(just remembered) stands in for itself of course, but also for the textbook for the science class I took in Jr. High school. The teacher(Mr. Mangus?????) brought in a dead cat for anatomy teaching. Didn't say how he got it but it was dried up and preserved - poor thing! Then there came a small reptile creature in a terrarium that didn't last long. We observed the decomposition of it's soft parts 'til there was nothing left but a skeleton. Date read is approximate of course...
5 reviews2 followers
August 29, 2012
I have always wanted to be a surgeon in the future, so I knew this book would be a perfect summer read! Although it was a very long book to read, it was extremely interesting. I took AP Biology my junior year so I had a bit of knowledge of human anatomy and physiology. This book gave my more information on the human body and all of its functions and systems. It was a tedious, long, hard read, which took me about one month to read (July- August), but I am so happy I read it! I have more knowledge of the human body which it so interesting and informative. This book allowed me to touch up on my skills and lessons from junior year. I enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it to anyone with an interest in human anatomy, sciences, biology, and physiology. I learned a lot! Although this book forced me to use the wed to research some things (that I did not understand), this book provided more of a comprehension for me on science.
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837 reviews286 followers
December 30, 2016
If you plan on working in the medical field as a Doctor, Surgeon, or if you just want to expand your medical knowledge of the human anatomy, then this is the book. This hardcover comes in a slipcased box to keep it protected. Inside the book you can find things like skeletal breakdowns, muscular breakdowns, and illustrations of each with in depth reading in each section.

I work in the medical field and I have always had a fascination of how the human body works and is built. This book is a must have in learning these things. The illustrations are a bonus to the reading. I proudly display this on my bookshelf and find myself looking through it for many pieces of information.
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9 reviews
June 5, 2012
As an inspiring doctor, this book holds a enormous amount of helpful information. Immensely detailed and may require a long time to read depending on whether or not you can learn from it well. I am not finished with it yet, still taking notes on the cardiovascular system but can't wait to read the other body systems. It is a valid resource and great reference for anything in the medical field. It has been a tremendous aid for me considering I am currently in a medical terminology class.
September 23, 2022
A few weeks ago, I revisited Gray's Anatomy, which for years I kept by my bedside to read whenever I had trouble getting to sleep. I found it one of the best soporifics in the world (ranking right up there with Kant's "Critique of Pure Reason"). But its value extends way beyond its usefulness to insomniacs. First of all, the illustrations are true masterpieces worthy of detailed scrutiny. Second, the language, which deals with such a complex topic as the human body, is satisfyingly precise. The book should serve as a guide to anyone writing any type of prose, since the key to good literature is always clarity and precision.
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1,280 reviews2 followers
May 18, 2021
I started reading this because I wanted to understand a bit more about human anatomy for my Jiu Jitsu. I mean, how else can you figure out how best to bend people and make them tap if you don’t know how bodies work? It didn’t necessarily quite work that way. But it was still a supremely interesting read.

The language in this is hard going. Which is kind of expected, because it is a textbook. And it is most definitely of the sort that I will have to read again and again to even get a drop of the knowledge in this textbook. But, it’s also presented in a way that is actually quite accessible.

Human anatomy has always perplexed and confused me (for whatever reason, animal anatomy makes sense to me when human doesn’t, go figure). So I’m pretty sure that the vast majority of the writing in this went completely over my head. But, I still enjoyed it.

This is an awesome, beautiful book to have on my shelves. The fact that it is the Barnes and Noble Leatherbound edition just makes it all that much prettier and fun. Definitely a book I will flick through again and again.
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September 30, 2022

When deglutition is about to be performed, the pharynx is drawn upward and dilated in different directions, to receive the morsel propelled into it from the mouth.
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364 reviews40 followers
May 14, 2012
I found the JG Press copy of Grey's Anatomy a few years ago at a used book sale and could not put it down...obviously not in the way you can't put gripping fiction down, but in the sense that the drawings absolutely mesmerized me. I couldn't look away from it. Even the typeset fascinated me, as did the oddly calming (but definitely not boring!) effect the words had on me whenever I picked it up at night. "Phalanges," "sternum," occipital," even "longitudinal fissure" all sounded like poetry to me. It's kind of weird, because I don't do much medical reading, but I find the original Gray's Anatomy great bedtime reading...
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27 reviews3 followers
May 6, 2009
Okay, so I may not have read it from cover to cover in a single continuous attempt but I am certain that I have at one time or another, perused each and every page. Of course the book would mean nothing or at least very little to me, without the bountiful illustrations. An essential reference book for every bookshelf.
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55 reviews36 followers
June 10, 2013
هذا كتاب عظيم بالبي بي ال، وأفضل من سنيل بمراحل. يفك أزمات كثيرة لأنه يجيب لك تشريح هذا العضو وأشعته وهستولوجي له.
فيريحك كل ماعليك تقرأ بدون البحث. وغالباً يكون أكثر من كافي. مشكلته مافيه تحديد للأشياء المهمة.
عندي نسخة إلكترونية منه بالطبع.
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1,454 reviews120 followers
February 20, 2016
It's a bit funny rating a reference work in anatomy, but if there ever was a five-star anatomy book it is of course the classic Gray's. And actually, the illustrations can certainly be looked upon as art.
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435 reviews55 followers
March 9, 2011
this helped me in school with all my homework i had for sex ed, health education and phsyical education classes.
It's a must read for anyone in the health profession i think.
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4 reviews5 followers
March 6, 2014
Brilliant as expected. Beautiful medical and anatomy illustrations.
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4,179 reviews34 followers
October 8, 2016
This is, hands down, the greatest text book on the human body that has ever been written. It is the gold standard to the degree that even people who have never studied medicine know of it.
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45 reviews9 followers
September 9, 2020
My review is of the Barnes and Noble leatherbound edition which is, I believe, a facsimile of the tenth edition, therefore not the current edition used in the medical field.

This seminal classic should be on everybody's bookcase. Not just because of the wealth of information inside of it or even because of the stellar drawings, but because this Barnes and Noble edition is stunning. B&N often do a wonderful job with their leatherbound classics series but this excels even their usual high standard. The spine alone is exceptionally impressive and the front cover even has an embossed heart. I wasn't expecting for there to be silver gilding, so that was a pleasant surprise, too. A good book is great, but a good book presented beautifully is even better.

I am not a doctor, surgeon or anything of the sort, but merely somebody who is fascinated by medical history and medical illustrations. There is nothing better out there than the OG, Gray's Anatomy.

P.S: this has the most formidable table of contents I have ever seen in a book.
P.P.S: I've even learned more about biology through this book!
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810 reviews56 followers
December 30, 2019
Human bodies vary more than I had imagined.

Page 1444: Psoras Minor is absent in about 40% of subjects. This was very meaningful to
me, not because of that specific muscle, but because it lets me know that not all human bodies have the same structure. (39th edition)

A friend's knee muscles, someone else has an extra vertebrae, I seem to be missing a foot muscle.

I read the 39th edition.
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96 reviews
September 9, 2020
Well, now I know the origin of Grey’s Anatomy.

I wonder how many folks have read this don’t have a biology degree. To one of those that do not, this was pretty dang dry. BUT the thoroughness and attention to detail can’t be overlooked. I’ll definitely come back to this from time to time to further dive into a certain specialty.
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Author 5 books9 followers
April 13, 2022
Akhirnya, selesai membaca!

Sangat mudah difahami. Biarpun ilustrasinya tidak berwarna, tetapi tetap memudahkan pembaca untuk membacanya. Ayat penerangan agak panjang dan meleret, tetapi masih boleh difahami kerana susunan subtopik dan isi pentingnya sangat teratur, tidak seperti mana-mana buku anatomi yang lain.

Akan menjadi salah satu buku rujukan penting untuk diri sendiri.
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43 reviews1 follower
March 1, 2019
Truthfully, I initially got this when I was in high school to reference for artistic purposes, but as I grew more interested in nursing and now I'm taking classes like human physiology and anatomy, i use this as reference quite a bit more. It's a great book to have.
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