The forgotten anatomist

Many people have heard of the medical textbook Gray’s Anatomy. First published in 1858 by English anatomist and surgeon Henry Gray, the book remains an authoritative textbook and continues to be revised and republished more than 150 years later.

Yet Gray’s Anatomy was the work of two people, not one. While Henry Gray was responsible for the text, the book owes much of its success to the fine engravings of the illustrator Henry Vandyke Carter. A brilliant anatomist in his own right, Carter was overshadowed by his colleague’s success and has now been largely forgotten. To find out more about him visit the Dittrick Museum blog.

Or if you are interested then take a look at some of the books written on the subject. I recommend The Anatomist: A True Story of Gray’s Anatomy by Bill Hayes and The Making of Mr Gray’s Anatomy: Bodies, Books, Fortune, Fame by Ruth Richardson.

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