The Making of Mr Grays Anatomy: Bodies, books, fortune, fame

Paperback | November 8, 2009

byRuth Richardson

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Gray's Anatomy is probably one of the most iconic scientific books ever published: an illustrated textbook of anatomy that is still a household name 150 years since its first edition, known for its rigorously scientific text, and masterful illustrations as beautiful as they are detailed.The Making of Mr Gray's Anatomy tells the story of the creation of this remarkable book, and the individuals who made it happen: Henry Gray, the bright and ambitious physiologist, poised for medical fame and fortune, who was the book's author; Carter, the brilliant young illustrator, lacking Gray'ssocial advantages, shy and inclined to religious introspection; and the publishers - Parkers, father and son, the father eager to employ new technology, the son part of a lively circle of intellectuals. It is the story of changing attitudes in the mid-19th century; of the social impact of science,the changing status of medicine; of poverty and class; of craftsmanship and technology. And it all unfolds in the atmospheric milieu of Victorian London - taking the reader from the smart townhouses of Belgravia, to the dissection room of St George's Hospital, and to the workhouses and mortuarieswhere we meet the friendless poor who would ultimately be immortalised in Carter's engravings. Alongside the story of the making of the book itself, Ruth Richardson reflects on what made Gray's Anatomy such a unique intellectual, artistic, and cultural achievement - how it represented a summation of a long half century's blossoming of anatomical knowledge and exploration, and how it appearedjust at the right time to become the 'Doctor's Bible' for generations of medics to follow.

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Gray's Anatomy is probably one of the most iconic scientific books ever published: an illustrated textbook of anatomy that is still a household name 150 years since its first edition, known for its rigorously scientific text, and masterful illustrations as beautiful as they are detailed.The Making of Mr Gray's Anatomy tells the story o...

Dr. Ruth Richardson is Affiliated Scholar in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge and Visiting Professor in Humanities, Hong Kong University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.03 inPublished:November 8, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199570280

ISBN - 13:9780199570287

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Introduction1. The Words: Mr Gray of Belgravia2. The Pictures: Dr Carter of Scarborough3. The Enterprise: J.W.Parker and Son of West Strand4. The Process of Creation: Person or Persons Unknown5. The Raw Material: The Friendless Poor of London6. The Process of Creation7. The Process of Production8. 1858: The Book Appears9. Calamity10. FuturityAcknowledgementsReferencesBibliographyIndex