978-0-7020-5230-9 – Gray’s Anatomy: The Anatomical Basis of Clinical Practice, 41e

Looking through an almost complete set of the previous editions of Gray’s Anatomy, I am struck by the marked difference in size between the first and fortieth editions. That progressive increase in girth has occurred pari passu with ground-breaking advances in basic science and clinical medicine over the past 155 years. Anatomy has become a far wider discipline than Henry Gray, Henry van Dyke Carter or any of their students could have envisaged. Fields such as cell biology, molecular genetics, neuroanatomy, embryology and bioinformatics either had not emerged or were in their infancy in 1858.

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