The Anatomist: A True Story of Gray’s Anatomy, by Bill Hayes (Bellevue Literary Press, 2009). Growing up, I often sat on the rug paging through my dad’s old textbooks. Stashed in a neglected lower corner of a bookcase, the academic detritus of his medical and public health degrees contained pictures of naked people, a curiosity-satisfying attraction that neighbor kids also soon discovered. No one lingered over the explicit glossy color pictures of wounds, procedures, and diseases (ick!) in many of the volumes. But one book, Gray’s Anatomy, always gave us pause. That practical surgical text has never been out of print in more than 150 years, yet Hayes is the first to piece together the biographies of the author and illustrator and their medical and artistic significance.
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