Wednesday, 23 April 2008

Gray’s Anatomy at 150

Dr Henry Vandyke Carter - Gray's Anatomy Cover (modern edition)The Royal College of Surgeons of England, in Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, is celebrating 150 years of Gray's Anatomy with an exhibition of original woodblock engravings in the College Library: 150 years of Gray’s Anatomy. Dr Henry Gray, who wrote the book, originally entitled Henry Gray’s Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical, is still famous, but the illustrator is less well known: Dr Henry Vandyke Carter. His illustrations broke new ground by incorporating the names of anatomical parts in the drawings, and this greatly enhanced the book. Carter received a one-off payment for his work; Gray took the royalties! Now in its 40th edition, Gray's Anatomy remains a standard textbook for medical students. The exhibition continues until 2 May.


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